How do I know if a street is maintained by Macomb County?
You can contact our Maintenance Department at (586) 463-8671 -OR- contact your city or state office for verification.
How do I obtain a Macomb County Map?
Request a map from the reception desk at our Administration Building located at 117 South Groesbeck, Mount Clemens, MI 48043.
Can I request excess dirt from the Road Commission?
The Road Commission constructs and cleans out roadside ditches throughout the county on a continual basis as weather, workforce and funding permits. This work generates large amounts of excess soil. In the past, a homeowner could request this excess dirt, and the Road Commission would deliver it to their property. Due to more strict environmental regulations now in place, the process is much more complex.
In order to have excess ditch dirt delivered to your property, residents must complete the following tasks:
1. Contact your City or Township Building Department to verify if there are any ordinances regarding the placement of fill material.
2. Contact the Macomb County Office of Public Works, Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Office, at 586-469-5327 and apply for a permit to have fill material placed on your property. The cost of the permit is based on the time it takes for final grading and landscaping to occur and can range from $263 to $1,542.
3. If the placement of the fill material impacts a floodplain or wetland, a permit will also be required from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE).
4. When the required permits have been obtained, contact the Road Commission Maintenance Department at 586-463-8671. We will require the property owner to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement, which states that the Road Commission cannot be held responsible for claims arising from the placement of the fill material or damage to private property.
While this may seem costly or time-consuming, these requirements are mandated by the State to assure protection of our natural resources.
Can I be reimbursed for damage to my car due to a pothole or other road defect?
A damage claim investigation includes a review to determine first, whether the road has been maintained in reasonable repair; and second, whether the Road Commission knew, or in the exercise of reasonable diligence, should have known of the existence of the claimed defect and had a reasonable time to repair the defect before the damage took place. If the road has been maintained in reasonable repair, or if insufficient notice of the defect existed, the Road Commission is not liable for damages incurred. This is a State law not made by the Road Commission, and we are obligated to follow this law.
There are two Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL 691.1402 and 1403) that provide governmental immunity for defective highways in certain cases. Click on the link below for a printed version of these laws.
A Damage Claim Form is available for printing on our Publications page. This form may be mailed or faxed to our Administrative Office (address and fax number listed at the bottom of the form). A paid receipt must be included for the Road Commission to consider reimbursement of expenses for repair of damage. Please provide all details of the incident, including exact location, date and time, and damage incurred. All claims must be submitted in writing and are subject to a full investigation in cooperation with our legal, maintenance and traffic departments. The investigation normally takes approximately 14 business days. If the incident occurred on a state trunkline (any highway with an I, M, or US in front of it, such as I-94, M-53, etc.), contact the Michigan Department of Transportation by phone at 586-978-1935 or through their website at www.michigan.gov/mdot.
How can I get copies of certain documents from the Road Commission?
The Road Commission of Macomb County is a public entity. Our records are available to the public as outlined in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
All requests for records must be submitted in writing by email or U.S. Mail to the Road Commission of Macomb County, attention: FOIA Coordinator, 117 South Groesbeck, Mt. Clemens, MI 48043. Please be sure your return address is provided so that the information may be mailed back to you. To submit your request via email, please go to the Contact Us section of our website.
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, please provide exact dates, locations and details of all information that you are requesting. Fees for copies and labor: First ten 8 ½ by 11” copies are free; $.25 for each 8 ½ x 11” copies beginning with the 11th page; $1.00 each for engineering drawing copies; $11.629 per hour for labor. You will be contacted by phone when the information is ready for pick up. The Road Commission only provides unprivileged documents that are on file. In accordance with the Act, we do not create documents in order to fulfill a request.
FOIA Request Form
Who do I contact when I notice a street light is out?
This refers to street lights used to illuminate roads, not traffic signals. The Road Commission does not maintain street lights. Residents should contact the appropriate City or Township Office to report street lights that are out.