ALPENA - The Alpena County Road Commission is in the process of renewing a four-year contract with the state of Michigan for maintenance on state roads in the county. The road commission has worked with the state for many years and provides services such as snow removal, salting, and shoulder work in exchange for revenue that helps local roads.
Road commission Managing Director Larry Orcutt said the four-year deal was really a formality, and there were no significant changes to the agreement.
"This is really the first time we have seen the complete contract that is proposed, but from what I have reviewed by comparing the old contract and the new one, I don't see where what has changed is really going to benefit us to a large extent or change the way we have done businesses with the state," he said.
The new contract begins Oct. 1 and runs through Sept. 30, 2016. Orcutt said for the most part the work provided by the county is done in the winter when the roads need the most attention.
"We do maintenance on the state trunk line, which is essentially US-23, M-32 and M-65," Orcutt said. "The major portion is winter maintenance, but we will do some gravel work and shoulder work when needed, but most of it is for winter maintenance."
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