Washtenaw County Road Commission
Commonwealth’s responsibilities and tasks included securing an assortment of permanent easements, grading permits, and tree removal agreements on approximately 120 parcels for the improvement and widening of Holmes Road for the Washtenaw County Road Commission project in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The improvements included grade change, utility relocations, and creation of bike lanes, in addition to the installation of sidewalks, curbs, and gutters. Impacted owners included residences, gas stations, restaurants, small businesses, a shopping center, a church, and a public school.
The project primarily consisted of non-compensated grading permits, allowing the reconstruction of driveways and the installation of sidewalks within existing road right-of-way. In addition, where necessary, we secured agreements for the removal of trees and other landscape, which impaired or prevented the planned construction. Also, where necessary, permanent road and sidewalk easements were secured using market analysis and appraisal waivers, where compensation was required. Further responsibilities included coordination of surveying and engineering-related tasks with property owners. Right-of-way acquisition for this project followed the Federal Highway Administrations procedures and regulations. The project was completed with 100% of the rights required for construction being obtained.