In cooperation with an education campaign launched by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the County Road Association of Michigan (CRAM), and the Crawford County Road Commission, we urge motorists to drive safely around snow removal equipment and remember, "Snowplows Need Room to Groom!" The Crawford County Road Commission needs your help to keep roads safe this winter. Our crews are the first responders to hazardous road conditions. They report in the middle of the night and on holidays to keep Michigan's roads safe. Motorists must play their part by driving safely no matter how often rods are plowed or salted and by giving snowplow operators room to do their jobs. A steady decrease in road funding and an increase in costs have forced state and local agencies to alter their winter maintenance plans and change plowing priorities. However, one importation fact has not changed: road crews must have ample room in order to safely clear the many miles of roadway of snow & ice. Motorists must do their best to minimize distractions and focus on changes in road conditions. Every year, despite the flashing lights on snowplow trucks, poor driver behavior near snowplows leads to collisions that can be deadly. Crawford County Road Commission joins MDOT and CRAM in offering the following reminders for motorists:
Snowplows have limited visibility and drivers cannot see directly behind their trucks.
Snowplows often throw up snow clouds, reducing visibility on all sides of the truck
Distracted driving is dangerous driving. Motorists should not text nor talk on cell phones while they are behind the wheel. In fact, texting while driving is illegal in Michigan.
Motorists should never attempt to pass a moving snowplow on the right. With new patrol wing technology, the blade can clear the shoulder and the line of travel simultaneously. Motorists attempting an illegal pass through a snow cloud on the right and/or shoulder of the road most likely won't see the plow blade and run the risk of a serious crash.
Always wear your safety belt and all extra time to reach your destinations this winter.
Road crews are ready to respond in winter weather conditions. If motorists do their part and use extreme caution when driving near snowplows, it will improve safety for everyone involved. Remember: Snowplows Need Room to Groom. Safety tips are available at www.micountyroads.org/winter.php
During the Winter, from time to time, we experience large amounts of snow. We ask that you be patient with us while we plow roads in the following order:
State Highways are first
Primary roads are second
secondary roads are last
If you do not have to travel, please stay home and off the roads. Vehicles that get stuck, hamper us from doing our job. However, if you do have to travel and want to know the weather conditions, please contact the Michigan State Police Travel Advisory at 1-800-381-8477 or on line at www.michigan.gov/road conditions
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, 526.20 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.
Our office is open Monday - Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Winter hours for Road crews 6:00 am to 2:30 pm
Closed from 11:30 to 12:00 for lunch.
Located approximately 1/2 mile East of the Business Loop on M-72 (Huron Street) To Contact Us: