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Road Commission for Oakland County honored with IMPRESS Award at statewide Highway Conference
Lansing, MI – The County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan honored the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) with an IMPRESS Award at CRA’s 2017 Annual Highway Conference last month. IMPRESS Awards recognize county road agencies that demonstrate innovation with special projects in communications and operations.
“Our county road agencies set the bar high to improve local roads for residents,” said Denise Donohue, director of the County Road Association of Michigan. “The Road Commission for Oakland County has thought outside the box to maximize its resources by combining technology with the skills of college interns.”
RCOC’s “Storm Water Outfall Permit Collection” project saved $1 million dollars by utilizing interns and Samsung Galaxy tablets to create a central database of storm water structure locations.
An independent panel of communications and operations experts from several of Michigan’s 83 county road agencies judged submitted projects. Award recipients were honored for their projects that solved time restraints, reduced operation costs, and cut through communication barriers.
The 83 members of the County Road Association of Michigan represent the unified voice for a safe and efficient county transportation infrastructure system in Michigan, including appropriate stewardship of the public’s right-of-way in rural and urban Michigan. Collectively, Michigan’s county road agencies manage 75 percent of all roads in the state, including 90,000 miles of roads and 5,700 bridges. County road agencies also maintain the state’s highway system in 64 counties. Michigan has the nation’s fourth-largest local road system.