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Road Commission of Kalamazoo County honored with two IMPRESS Awards at statewide Highway Conference
Lansing, MI – The Road Commission of Kalamazoo County (RCKC) won two IMPRESS Awards at the 2017 Annual Highway Conference hosted by the County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan in March. RCKC won an IMPRESS communications award for its “RCKC Connect” service that allows community members to receive road commission alerts on things like road closures via text message, phone call or email.
“The Road Commission of Kalamazoo County has developed projects that show the importance of working with the local community,” said Denise Donohue, director of the County Road Association of Michigan. “Our county road agencies lead the way in innovative strategies that creates road improvement across the board.”
The Road Commission of Kalamazoo County also worked with a local manufacturer to create a custom pneumatic tire roller, cutting in half the typical crew size and machinery needed.
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, labor costs, and 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.