Is $350M enough to fix Michigan's roads? - WNEM TV 5

Is $350M enough to fix Michigan's roads?

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

Gov. Rick Snyder is speaking about securing $350 million in funding for Michigan roads provided in the newly signed budget. But should he be proud?

It might sound like a lot of cash, but it probably won't go as far as you might think.

Saginaw County Road Commission Manager Dennis Borchard said $350 million is just a drop in the bucket.

He said it will take a lot more than that to make the roads suitable, but at least this is a start.

The budget allocates an additional $350 million to go toward high-priority roads and bridges across the state.

While the money seems like a good chunk of change, the governor said he knows it's not even close to covering the repair of all decimated roads.

It's projected $1.2 billion is needed to make significant improvements, but without increasing fees or taxes, the state's budget can only cover a third of the costs right now.

For motorists, they say this means it'll continue to be a bumpy ride.

In a statement sent out from the governor's office, Snyder said this is a start and it's all a part of a fiscally responsible budget.

But to give you an idea of what this might be able to cover, TV5 contacted Saginaw County Road Commission Manager Borchard and he said an average mile stretch of road costs $300,000 to pave in Saginaw County.

If you do the math, the money will cover paving about 12,000 miles of road.

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