The Branch County Road Commission (BCRC) directly maintains and repairs 78 bridges that are 20 feet in length or greater. BCRC also oversees and upkeeps more than 1,000 miles of county roads and maintains more than 200 miles of state highways throughout Branch County on a contract basis with The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
A board of three county road commissioners, who are appointed by the Branch County Board of Commissioners for six year terms, governs the Road Commission. The Board of Road Commissioners holds regularly scheduled public meetings every other week and is responsible for establishing policies and budget priorities and reviewing operations. The Engineer-Manager manages the daily operations of our 30+ employees and our fleet of heavy equipment to ensure an innovative and well managed organization that provides the highest quality of public service to our customers.
Most of the funding for Michigan roads, streets and highways comes from gasoline, diesel fuel and license plate taxes. No general fund (property tax) money from the County is directed to roads in Branch County; however, townships contribute money on a matching basis for local road improvements. Federal and state money may also be available for specified roads.
The Road Commission’s primary responsibility is to provide reasonably safe roads through construction and maintenance. Our operations include snow removal, pothole patching, seal coating, traffic signals, road signs, bridges, culverts, dust control on gravel roads, roadside mowing, pavement marking, guard rail and various other road related work. Other services include reviewing roads for plats and subdivisions, abandonments and issuing road and soil erosion permits.