Michigan drivers to prepare for even worse road conditions
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -
Driving Michigan roads has become a game of hit or miss. Unfortunately, for many drivers, there have been a lot more hits than misses these days.
"If you go about 10 feet here, there's probably about 50 potholes, I'd say all about 4 to 7 inches deep," said Dylon Boyer, who lives along Flushing Road in Genesee County.
Flushing Road is in absolute shambles. Potholes are jagged and deep.
"I think they need to come in here and fix it, I'm tired of driving on it, it's ridiculous," said motorist Erica Everett.
Potholes are just part of the problem. Cook Road in Gaines Township is one of several roads forced to shut down recently because the road is simply falling apart. John Daly, the manager of the Genesee County Road Commission, said we are seeing just the tip of the iceberg.
"It's in Michigan's long-term interest that we do something and we do it now," said Daly.
Daly said Michigan's roads have been neglected for far too long thanks to a lack of state funding. Combine our aging infrastructure with a brutal winter, and he said we're left with a very real problem.
"We've reached a point where the road system is deteriorated so far, and it's starting to get into such bad condition, that this is no longer a management issue, it's no longer who has jurisdiction over the roads, it's strictly a revenue issue, and the legislature is well aware of that," said Daly.
Daly said the $300 million state lawmakers set aside to fund state roads will have very little impact.
"That's literally a drop in the bucket," he said.
He said in order to get Michigan roads back in good condition, the state will need to spend an additional $1.3 billion annually. And even at that spending level, it would still take more than 20 years to make all of the necessary repairs.
Daly said the state needs to step in and quick. He said the problem gets exponentially worse moving forward and he said pressure from residents to their lawmakers might be the only light at the end of the tunnel.
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Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 06:48:05 GMT
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