West MI road agencies adding COVID-19 plan to mutual aid agreement - HollandSentinel.com

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Sentinel Staff

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Dec 11, 2020 at 2:45 PM

HOLLAND — Road agencies in West Michigan, including the Ottawa County Road Commission, are forming contingency plans to ensure services can be delivered this winter.

As part of a mutual aid agreement, OCRC and other road commissions have agreed to share resources to ensure that road services, like snowplowing and salting can take place this winter, even if one agency is dealing with COVID-19 cases among its staff.

That means you could see a truck from a different road commission plowing your street this winter.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique obstacles for resource sharing, including our equipment and crews," Ottawa County Road Commission Managing Director Brett Laughlin said in a release. "We had to take a closer look at how to help each other while following the safety procedures that have been outlined in various agencies' COVID-19 response plans."

Officials say COVID-19 contingencies were added to ensure vital services could still be provided.

"This plan allows agencies to work collaboratively across jurisdictional boundaries while following COVID-19-related health and safety guidelines," OCRC Operations Superintendent Ryan Kemppainen said. "Neighboring agencies would assist during storm response efforts to ensure that the region’s main transportation arteries — the highest volume, highest speed roads — are cleared first."

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