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Road Commission for Oakland County: Poor roads increased 30%

Road Commission for Oakland County: Poor roads increased 30%

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Poor roads in Oakland County increased 30 percent 2008-2012, and it’s getting worse, officials say.
Poor roads in Oakland County increased 30 percent 2008-2012, and it’s getting worse, officials say.

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Greg Jamian, Chairman Ron Fowkes, Vice Chairman Eric Wilson, Commissioner

Dennis Kolar, PE Managing Director

Greg Jamian, Chairman

2014 6-Point Pothole/Rough Gravel Plan
1. Retained part-time, temp winter workers to patch potholes 2. Hired private pothole patching company to help 3. RCOC crews working extended shifts & weekends 4. Rented 4 additional road graders for gravel roads 5. Hired 3 new mechanics and 2 laborers 6. Hired trucking company to hall RAP to gravel roads

The 2013/2014 winter
• Exceeded our $12 million winter maintenance budget by $4+ million • Over $600,000 spent on contractors to help plow gravel roads & subdivision streets • Nearly 35,000 overtime hours used • More than twice as many plow blades used – 893 vs. 352 last year – At $110/blade, this is a difference of almost $60K

• Over 100,000 tons of salt used (five year average is 63,000)
• $2.2 million just to maintain & repair the fleet during winter

Why are potholes so bad this year?
• Yes, the winter was historic & that didn’t help. • But, this is the result of decades of inadequate investment in the roads.

Per Capita State & Local Expenditures (Michigan’s Rank in the Nation)
Expenditures 1964 1974 1984 1988 1992 2010

Health Education Welfare Roads

5 11 31 43

8 7 5 44

9 10 3 42

3 7 8 44

12 11 17 49

13 9 32

50

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Ron Fowkes, Vice Chairman

Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council Data, 2004-2012

MTF Sources as % (2013)

Note: NOT property taxes.

State Fuel Tax Rates (2014)
State
California N. Carolina Washington Rhode Island Wisconsin Maine Oregon Kentucky Minnesota Ohio Ohio Montana Nebraska Connecticut Idaho Utah Kansas Massachusetts Maryland Nevada N. Dakota Wyoming Delaware S. Dakota Colorado Arkansas

Gas
39.5 37.5 37.5 32 30.9 30 30 29.4 28.5 28 28 27 26.4 25 25 24.5 24 24 23.9 23 23 23 23 22 22 21.5

Diesel
10 37.5 37.5 32 30.9 31.2 30 26.4 28.5 28 28 27.7 26.4 54.9 25 24.5 26 24 24.25 27 23 23 22 22 20.5 22.5

State
Iowa W. Virginia Louisiana Texas Tennessee Illinois Michigan Vermont Arizona Mississippi New Hamp. Indiana New Mexico Hawaii Missouri Alabama South Carolina Oklahoma Virginia New Jersey New York Alaska Georgia Florida Pennsylvania

Gas Rank Diesel Rank
21 20.5 20 20 20 19 19 Tie - 30 18.2 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 16 16 16 14.78 10.5 8.05 8 7.5 4 0* 22.5 20.5 20 20 17 21.5 15 27 26 18 18 16 21 17 17 19 16 13 23.38 13.5 8 8 7.5 4 0*

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* Pennsylvania shifted its fuel tax to the wholesale level as a percentage, rather than a
Source: American Petroleum Inst., January 2014

Impact of declining revenue for RCOC
• 2014:
– 195 unfilled positions (as of April)
• 35% fewer than 2007 • less than in 1962

– 60+ unfilled positions are snowplow drivers
– Road equipment deficit: $25 million – All services have been reduced

Responsibility for the condition of the roads?
The Governor & State Legislature could best address the road problem.

How we’ve cut costs & saved money:
• • • • • • • Privatization Benefit restructuring Technology Staff reductions Cross-training staff Reorganized departments Sharing resources with other local agencies • Etc.

State Surplus Funds
• In December, state Legislature allocated $115 million to road projects. • RCOC received funding for 7 projects: – Walnut Lake, Halsted to Franklin (West Bloomfield & Bloomfield townships) -- simple resurfacing – Quarton/Chesterfield St. (Bloomfield Hills/Birmingham) – intersection improvements – Livernois at Lane Ditch (Troy) – bridge replacement – Crooks, Tower Dr. to Corporate Dr. (Troy) – concrete repair – Pontiac Lk. (White Lake Twp.) – culvert replacement

– Orion, Flint St. to Rochester Rd. (Orion Twp. & Rochester Hills) – simple resurfacing
– Holcomb, Davisburg to Miller (Springfield & Independence townships) – simple resurfacing

State Surplus Funds Cont’d
• In March, Legislature devoted another $215 million to roads. • First $100 million was divided among MDOT, road commissions and cities/villages.

• We received $3.8 million.
• Helped to “back fill” winter/pothole cost overruns. • $115 million will go to specific road projects. • Not clear how projects will be selected.

Eric Wilson, Commissioner

RCOC’s Communications Plan
RCOC uses a variety of techniques to communicate with the various customers it serves. These include:
• The media (press releases, press events, media calls, etc.) • The Internet -- Info is posted on RCOC’s Web sites: • www.rcocweb.org and www.nwconnector.com • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, etc.) • Weekly road projects updates • Road project informational fliers & start notices (mailed to nearby homes) • Quarterly “Road Report” newsletter • Presentations to community groups/cable TV shows/PSAs • Biennial Strategic Planning meetings • Off-year operating department directors meet with officials • Weekly Maintenance Dept. staff meetings with communities

Communications Plan Continued
• RCOC’s Department of Customer Services (DCS) receives phone calls, e-mails and in-person visits from the public. • Each year, the department receives 30,000-plus contacts. • In January, February and March of 2014 alone, the department received 15,000 contacts. • The department will be hiring two full-time employees to be fully staffed. • DCS Director Dave Czerniakowski is the main contact for county commissioners. • He will be attending commission and caucus meetings.

RCOC’s Safety Story

2013: Safest year yet
• Fewest fatalities on country roads in Oakland since began tracking in 2001
• 14 fatalities; 35 in 2001 • Among the safest roads in the world for a community our size.

You’re Invited: World Congress 2014 in Detroit!
• The largest gathering of transportation technology experts in the world!
• Local elected officials get free admission

• There will be VIP tours and events

www.milocalroads.com

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