Neighborhood Paving Guidance

General Information for Property Owners Regarding Local (Plat/Neighborhood) Paving Projects

The 21 townships of Kent County cost-share with KCRC to fund local road improvements, including reconstruction, resurfacing and pavement preservation. Therefore, local road improvement strategies are tailored to meet the available resources and specific needs of each township.

The following is basic information relating to pavement projects along local roads or within neighborhoods.

Property Access: Access to residences will be maintained during the project.

  • For projects that include milling (removing) of current pavement: gravel ramps to driveways may be removed for brief periods during paving operations. These restricted periods will be kept to a minimum.
  • If property owners require access in or out of a driveway during paving operations, they are asked to consult with an on-site contractor or inspector who can assist with access.
Sprinklers, Invisible Dog Fences, Homeowner-Placed Utilities: Underground sprinkling systems, invisible dog fencing or other private, homeowner-placed underground utilities are not permitted in the public road right-of-way (the area that directly abuts the road and generally extends about 15 feet past the pavement on either side of the road). KCRC understands that these underground assets sometimes may be placed within the right-of-way, regardless.

  • If the property owner has a sprinkler system, invisible fence or other private underground lines within three (3) feet of the road, it is the property owner’s responsibility to flag or stake the area.
  • When possible, every attempt will be made not to harm the marked assets.
  • Ultimately, any damage to property owner-placed underground lines or utilities will be the responsibility of the individual who owns the system.
  • Property owners are asked to turn off sprinkler zones that abut the road for the project’s duration.
Schedule: KCRC affords its contractors flexibility in scheduling to achieve the best contract price possible. While this can be inconvenient for planning purposes, the flexibility helps to stretch tax dollars and allow more miles of road improvements to be completed.

  • Work may be conducted anytime Monday through Saturday, from approximately 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Occasional Sunday work also may be required to complete the project within the contracted time fame.
  • KCRC will make every effort to post yard signs prior to the start of the project stating, “Please Do Not Park on Roads.” Once these signs are posted, the project will commence within approximately 48 hours.
  • Factors like weather, equipment issues or simultaneous projects can impact the timing of work. Therefore, an “exact” day-to-day schedule cannot be provided.
Restoration: Upon completion of the project, grass in the right-of-way will be restored by KCRC within approximately two-to-four weeks. Topsoil and grass seed will be placed in disturbed areas. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to water and maintain the area to assist with regrowth.