Drainage for roads is an important piece of keeping roads in working condition. Raisin Township has contracted with LCRC to replace culverts this year on the following roads:
Laberdee Rd. Rogers to Wellsville
Ives Rd. Occidental to Green
E. Valley Rd. west of Wilmouth
Wade Hwy. north of Academy
Coach-Lite near Colonial Dr.
The Township has signed contracts with the Lenawee County Road Commission to do the following local road projects in Raisin Township in 2021:
1. Hendershot Hwy (1.0 mile) Shoulder removal, Tile, 4" of limestones, and sign replacement
This project is a joint project with Ridgeway Township
Raisin Township's estimated cost in this project: $32,188.03
2. Goedert Farms & Saxony Dr. (1.1 miles) Crack Fill, Seal Coat, and Fog Seal at Goedert Farms. Underseal and Asphalt Overlay for Saxony Dr.
Estimated Cost to the Township: $82,612.11
3. The Glade Subdivision (0.27 miles) Grinding, Asphalt, Seal Coat, Shoulders, and Signs
Estimated Cost to the Township: $52,585.22
4. Sherwood Meadows Subdivision (1.18 miles) Crack Fill and Fog Seal
Estimated Cost to the Township: $26,611.11
5. Pine Cove and Rollin Hills Subdivision (0.99 miles) Asphalt Wedging, Grinding, Crack Fill,
Fog Seal, Seal Coat, Shoulders, Signs
Estimated Cost to the Township: $47,033.06
6. Gateview 1, 2, 3 Subdivision (1.95) Crack Fill, Seal Coat, Fog Seal, Signs
Estimated Cost to the Township: $40,699.39
7. Cobblestone Ridge Subdivision (1.05 miles) Crack Fill, Seal Coat, Fog Seal
Estimated Cost to the Township: $29,019.19
8. Wilmoth Hwy (0.62 miles) Underseal and Asphalt paving
Estimated Cost to the Township: $64,466.24
9. Ives Road, Centennial Road, Dinius Road, Sutton Road, Raisin Center Hwy., E. Valley
Road: Crack Fill
Estimated Cost to the Township: $35,920.00
State law specifies that cities, villages, counties, and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) have jurisdiction over public roads.
These agencies are responsible for constructing and maintaining the public roads that fall under their jurisdiction. They also carry the legal liability for the roads and funding for roads is provided by the state legislature only to these agencies.
State Law - Public Act 51 - specifically states that cities, villages, county road commissions and the Michigan Department of Transportation have jurisdiction over roads. That means those government agencies are responsible for building and maintaining the roads within their jurisdictions. They also carry the legal liability for those roads. Road commissions also work hard to maintain roads within their jurisdiction- and although drivers don’t always know who is responsible for the roads they drive on, they can be assured that county road commission is taking the best care of the roads, with the funding that is available.
Michigan funds public roads mainly through a per gallon gas tax (.19 per gallon) and vehicle registrations. There has not been an increase in road funding via gas tax since 1997.
The U.S. Census Bureau ranked Michigan dead last in the entire country for its per capita spending on roads. In fiscal year 2009-10, the most recent figures available. Michigan spent just $154 per person on its highways, or about 0.45 percent of personal income. Our state has ranked at least 42nd or worse in per capita road spending for the last half century. (Michigan Township Focus, June 2014)
Townships do not have jurisdiction over roads and do not receive any funding directly from the state. Instead, county road commissions maintain roads in townships with road commission funds. Some road improvements in township - i.e. bridge replacement, road widening, etc. - are federally funded. Townships often help provide a matching of funds for local road projects. The Charter Township of Raisin is contributing tax dollars to help improve our local roads.
Concerns and questions about roads can be communicated through the Contact Us page on the Lenawee County Road Commission's website. Click on the link below: