What It Takes To Fix The Roads

MICHIGAN (March 9, 2014) — Now that the snow has cleared, many Michigan drivers are complaining about road conditions.

The Michigan Department of Transportation said more needs to be done to get the state’s streets and bridges in good shape.

“The lack of investment for Michigan roads is really apparent,” John Richard, MDOT Communication Representative said. “We can go and fix a problem, but since we don’t have any money to do a proper fix, it’s going to be a short-term fix.  So instead of a full reconstruct, ya know, we’ll do a resurface that will last five to six years instead of doing a full reconstruct that lasts 15 to 20 years.”

Richard said the state loses about $100 million every year when it comes to funding. He said it’s a problem that’s only going to get resolved by changing an outdated law.

“We’re funded from a gas tax, which was in place since 1951, so it’s a very antiquated funding revenue stream,” Richard said. “A lot of people think, again when gas goes up, they think that’s money for the roads but it’s just the opposite…If gas is four bucks a gallon people are driving less.”

Sen. Rick Jones also spoke on Sunday about the lack of funding and how much more it would cost to fix some major problems.

“The governor would like to see about $1 billion a year,” Jones said. “For a permanent fix, I’m proposing one penny on the sales tax and that money would go into the roads and bridges and would go into nothing else.”

According to Richard, Michigan ranks last in the country in terms of road investment.

5 comments

  • TheFoundingFathers

    LMFAO told you these ass clowns were gonna ask for more of the taxpayers money to misappropriat. Like the money is actually going to go to repair the roads.

  • GUEST AT HEART

    BULL CRAP, SNYDER WILL JUST GIVE THIS MONEY AWAY TO HIS RICH FREINDS AGAIN…
    I GOT A SOLUTION, HOW ABOUT USING THAT 1.8 BILLION DOLLARS IN CORPORATE TAXES WERE NO LONGER COLLECTING AND LET THEM PAY THERE FAIR SHARE FOR SCREWING UP THE ROADS IN THE FIRST PLACE. JUST ANOTHER TAX HIKE ON THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS IS ALL THEY CAN TALK ABOUT. WE NEED TO ELECT NEW PEOPLE IN LANSING……

  • Terry

    Pot holes could not be more of a "shovel ready" job.
    Train thousands of people how to clean the debris out of a hole and then shovel in some hot asphalt and tamp it down with a heavy tool.
    Then close off streets and let them do the work without traffic rushing past.
    Move funds for unemployment/welfare to pay for the project and add some highway funds so they can pay more than would have been paid to each person if they had not worked.

    • Jimno

      No kidding. How many able bodied people are on welfare sitting on their butt? Make them work for their pay…they will feel like they earned it and the tax payers get something for their money.

  • Lori

    POT HOLES… I'm more worried about the heaving in the middle or sides of roads. My road has a split in the middle and is heaving up in spots.

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