Saline CQC Hears from Road Commission Director Townsend

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 04/05/2018 - 15:47

The Saline Coaltion for a Quality Community met for its monthly meeting Wednesday. Roy Townsend, managing director of Washtenaw County Road Commission, and Emily Kizer, communications coordinator for WCRC, spoke with CQC.

They presented the following:

  • This winter season, WCRC used 26,000 tons of salt, compared to 18,000 last year.

  • This year, WCRC used between 3,000 and 4,000 tons of coal patch on the roads, compared to 1,200 last year.

  • The county is getting $2 million of the $175 million the state approved for roads this spring.

  • Ohio spends about $1 billion a year more each year on their roads.

  • The county is working with 20 townships to use the county road millage to improve/maintain their roads.

  • The county is beginning to plan for technology on its roads.Autonomous vehicles are coming. In Ann Arbor, WCRC worked with a supplier for Audi to install equipment that tells Audi vehicle owners whether they can maintain their speed and catch a green light. The technology tells vehicle owners the speed limits on the roads. Townsend sees this technology being used with buses, snow plows and emergency vehicles.

Townsend also went over upcoming projects in the Saline area.

  • The project to pave Textile Road between State and Platt has already begun. Textile is the busiest gravel road in the county and has been designated a primary road since 1953, Townsend said.

  • Milling and overlay of Campus Parkway, between State and Community Drive, in Pittsfield Township. The WCRC will coordinate this project with Saline Area Schools.

  • Pulverizing and overlay of Platt Road from Michigan to Merrit.

  • Installing a turn lane on State Street at Lavender Lane.

  • Pulverizing and overlay  of Saline-Milan Road between Moon and Jewell Road in York Township.

  • Work on Saline-Milan Road, from the bridge to the Saline limits in 2019.

  • A roundabout at the intersection of Moon and Bemis roads.

  • Pulverizing and resurfacing of Platt Road, from Bemis to Willis roads.

  • Mill and overlay of Goodrich and Arkona roads in Saline Township.

  • Paving of Zeeb Road, between Ellsworth and Waters, in Lodi Township.

  • Chip sealing Ann Arbor Saline Road, between the Saline city limits and Wagner Road.


The members of the Saline Coalition for a Quality Community also had their monthly roundtable update.

  • The Saline Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting at Sweet Leilani’s at 1 p.m., April 10. A visitation for Bill Mangold is scheduled for April 14. The chamber is hosting a brunch and learn event with a focus on the Fair Labor Standards Act, from 9 a.m. to noon, April 19 at city hall. The monthly business networking breakfast is at 7:30 a.m., April 24 at Brecon Village. The Women in Business group meets at 5:30 p.m., April 26, at Salt Springs Brewery for a Pain and Pour.

  • The Foundation for Saline Area Schools is hosting a movie night at Emagine Theatre April 26, with all proceeds benefiting the foundation.

  • The Rentschler Farm Museum opens for the season May 5. The Depot Museum has been renamed as the Saline History and Depot Museum, reflecting the more diverse nature of the museum. A new sign will be installed.

  • Ladies Night out is April 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. It starts at Modd Squad. There are $1,000 in prizes. Saline Main Street has an open house May 2. Taste of Saline is May 20 in Downtown Saline, from 2 to 5 p.m., kicking off Restaurant Week Expect a lot of food and entertainment at a block party on South Ann Arbor Street. Several Main Street officials returned from the national conference with lots of ideas.

  • The Saline Area Senior Center was able to purchase new televisions, computers and DVD players and iPads with the help of the school district. The center is working with community education on a new Pickleball tournament. The center hosts the annual senior conference June 22.

  • A “How to Run For School Board” session was well attended, with seven prospective candidates turning out. The school board is preparing for budget season. Only 40 days until seniors graduate. So the school year is headed into the home stretch.

  • More work continues on the improvement of the trails at the Leslee Niethammer Saline River Preserve. More plants and flowers have been planted.

  • Every second Monday of the month is Library Night at Emagine Theatre. Show your library card and watch a movie and get popcorn for $8. The library hosts special guest Sarah Shoemaker, author of Mr. Rochester, during a book discussion April 11.

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