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Roger Saxton of Roscommon County Road Commission awarded CRA Project Manager of the Year
Roger Saxton, a senior engineering technician with the Roscommon County Road Commission (RCRC), has been recognized by the County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan as the 2016 CRA Project Manager of the Year.
“Michigan’s county road agencies employ some of the best talent,” said Denise Donohue, director of the County Road Association of Michigan. “We are honored to acknowledge Roger Saxton’s attention to detail, work ethic and invaluable commitment to the Roscommon community.”
Starting as an entry-level engineering technician, Saxton has served RCRC for
18 years. He now oversees all efforts of the engineering department, taking on added responsibilities with the loss of another technician to a manager’s position at a different county road commission.
Saxton is responsible for a series of local projects in Roscommon County, including a five-year plan he proposed to improve roads with sanitary sewers beneath the pavement structure. In 2016, Phase III of the project occurred, bringing the project to $1.8 million to date with about 60 percent of the work self-performed by the Roscommon County Road Commission.
Saxton was in charge of the daily performance of RCRC crews, including weekly job costing to assure the projects were on time and on budget. He was in charge of all facets of the Capital Improvement project that included scoping, design processes, surveying and billings, which were daily processes as project needs changed.
The design of Phase I required deep ditches and the re-installation of long abandoned driveway culverts. Daily meetings with residents were necessary to explain these processes because the neighborhoods where they occurred were all adjacent to Houghton Lake, and every square foot of usable space was important to landowners.
Saxton also worked closely with the local Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) representative to establish best practices for new outlet features required during Phase II, which included enclosed storm sewer and edge drain installations. Each area presented immense challenges as different design and constructible features were required.
During Phase III, a slope sloughed down toward Houghton Lake, requiring a halt to the design process. Saxton developed a new construction plan and design to hold the bank together, saving 200 feet of primary road. In addition, Saxton developed and programmed the Roscommon Township $100,000 program of street and road improvements.
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.