Michigan's local roads and bridges are deteriorating at an alarming rate - especially after such a hard winter. Poor roads impact every resident of our county and our state, and Crawford County Road Commission does not have the funds to repair them.
Over the last 17 years, the gas tax has not been tied to inflation and about $17 billion that we all pay at the pump didn't go to the road maintenance or repair. In short, we don't have the funds or resources to maintain the roads and bridges we have. Major improvement to roads and bridges in our county is completely out of reach.
That's why working with state legislators on a road funding package is crucial.
Local roads matter to economic development, families, school buses, emergency response times, and getting goods to market from forests, farms and factories.
As we consider significant financial issues facing our state, it's critical that Michigan have a strong network of state and local roads. That is key to Michigan's economic comeback.
Good roads create and attract jobs and let the world know that Michigan is open for business. What king of message are we sending now?
We have to fix our roads now. Local roads matter. Tell your State Representative, State Senator and the Governor to support local roads as our state debates road funding.
CRAWFORD COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION PARTICIPATES IN 2014 NATIONAL WORK ZONE AWARENESS WEEK
Grayling, Mich. – With summer construction season quickly approaching, Crawford County Road Commission has paired up with road agencies nationwide to promote National Work Zone Awareness Week and focus on speed reduction in these areas.
“Speeding in work zones has a very high cost,” Don Babcock, Managing Director said. “When drivers travel at higher speeds, they can arrive at work zones too quickly and become unable to stop. This can result in fines, jail time and even death. Just slowing down to posted speeds can save money, time or a life.”
Each year, more than 85 percent of work zone fatalities involve motorists and their passengers, and the remainder affects workers and other pedestrians or bicyclists. In 2011, speeding was involved in 36 percent of fatal work zone crashes. A car’s speed is controlled by its driver. Each motorist plays an important role in his or her own safety and the safety of others in the work zone.
“When work zone signs are present, remember to pay particular attention to decreased speed limits and do not tailgate other motorists,” Don Babcock, Managing Director said. “Thirty percent of work zone accidents are rear-end collisions, and taking even the simplest precautions can create a safer driving environment.”
Stay safe in work zones with three simple tips:
Obey posted speed limits, even when workers are not present- this makes it easier to stop when approaching lane closures or shifts.
Stay alert and avoid checking cell phones or changing the radio when driving through a work zone.
Be patient and stay calm, especially if encountering traffic backups. Remember the work zone crew members are not there to create problems, but to resolve them for future commutes.
The 2014 National Work Zone Awareness Week observance is April 7-11. This year’s theme is “Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake.” The National Work Zone Awareness Week campaign began in 2000 as an initiative of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and the Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (ASHTO) to build public awareness of work zone safety.
Please slow down in work zones for your family and for ours.
10 TIPS FOR DRIVING IN WORK ZONES
• Expect the unexpected. Things may change overnight. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be closed, narrowed or shifted, and people may be working on or near the road. • Don’t speed. Obey the posted speed limit at all times, even when workers are not present. • Don’t tailgate. Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you, construction workers and their equipment. Rear-end collisions account for 30% of work zone crashes. • Obey road crew flaggers and pay attention to signs. The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic safely in the work zone. The warning signs are there to help you and other drivers move safely through. • Stay alert and minimize distractions. Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations or using cell phones and other electronics while approaching and driving in a work zone. • Keep up with the traffic flow. Do not slow down to “gawk” at road work. • Know before you go. Check radio, TV and websites for traffic information and schedule enough time to drive safely. Expect delays and leave early so you can reach your destination on time. • Be patient and stay calm. Work zones aren’t there to personally inconvenience you. Remember, the work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive better. • Wear your seatbelt. It is your best defense in a crash. • Remember – work zone crew members are fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. They have families, and want to come home safe each day!
FACT SHEET – 2014 WORK ZONE SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK
Update or localize these statistics with data from Roadsoft.
• Work zone statistics from 2012: o 609 traffic-related fatalities (19 more compared to the 590 in 2011) o 32,000 injuries (8,000 less compared to the 40,000 in 2011) o 130 worker fatalities (8 more compared to the 122 in 2011) o 132 fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses (18 less compared to the 150 in 2011) • 85-90% of work zone fatalities involve motorists and their occupants, and 10-15% involves workers and other non-motorized users, annually. • Speeding was involved in 36% of fatal crashes in work zones in 2011. • Rear-end collisions account for 30% of work zones crashes. • The severity of a crash nearly doubles for every 10 mi/h change in impact speed. There is a 5% chance of a pedestrian dying when struck at 20 mi/h compared to 95% at 40 mi/h. • If you are caught speeding in work zones in Michigan, fines are doubled and additional points added against your driver license. • Causing the injury of another person in a work zone is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and $1,000 in fines. Causing the death of a person in a work zone is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $7,500 in fines.
The 558 square miles of Crawford County, located in the heart of Northern Michigan, are divided into six townships for which the Crawford County Road Commission is responsible for constructing and maintaining approximately 179.94 miles of Primary Roads, 525.87 miles of Local Roads, and 206 miles of State Highway.
The Road Commission is Responsible for summer and winter maintenance, roadside brush control of all primary and local roads, construction and road improvement projects of Primary Roads and Winter and Summer maintenance of State Trunk-lines. Construction and road improvement projects of Local Roads is contracted through us by township according to the Local Road Cost Sharing Agreement.
The Road Commission prides itself on maintaining all Crawford County Roads that is reasonably safe and convenient for public travel, maximizing every dollar available for maintenance and construction. Any questions not answered on our website may be addressed to our staff.
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