Excerpt from: Van Buren County Road Commission, Township Transportation Partners Booklet 12/2018
"Driveways are a resident's access point to their property. This access point must be permitted by the Road Commission according to the process outlined below. Proper installation and maintenance of driveways, including culverts, is the responsibility of the property owner (or a designated, permitted contractor). The Road Commission is able to provide installation for a fee.
Property Owners must maintain their driveway culverts to prevent drainage problems for the roadway. Proper driveway maintenance includes: Removing debris from the culvert regularly and maintaining culvert end sections. If a property owner recognizes an issue with their culvert they can request the Road Commission inspect the culvert by submitting a driveway permit application, available here.
If the Road Commission recognizes a concern with a property owner's driveway and/or culvert, the Road Commission will make contact with the property owner either in person or by mail/notice. The Road Commission will work with the property owner to provide information necessary to make corrections. If the property owner refuses to comply, a formal encroachment notice will be issued and the Road Commission will proceed with necessary repairs, to be billed to the property owner. If the property owner does not pay for these repairs, the Road Commission will work with our Township Partners to get uncollected repairs added to tax bills (MCL 247.181)."