State lawmakers wrestle with what to do about roads
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -
As the state legislature continues to wrestle with what to do about the roads, the roads aren't getting any better.
Sandalwood Drive in Grand Blanc Township is one of those roads that is a mess. Residents who travel it say they're willing to do what it takes to get this repaired.
William Cross wore a bright green shirt Tuesday evening as he worked on patching his road.
"Just pure frustration. That, and I have a new car," Cross said as he filled a pothole.
The green shirt might make him look like a road maintenance employee, but he's not. Retired and just now getting back to his Grand Blanc Township home after spending the winter in Texas, he's doing what he can to patch the deteriorating road, "because who wants to live on roads like this?" asked Cross.
Michigan roads are a problem that have been well-documented. The cries for help are being heard by lawmakers.
"That's the only way we're going to get anything done. Let them know how dissatisfied we are," said Cross.
The Michigan State House of Representatives recently passed a plan to raise an additional $450 million a year to repair roads. The measure includes getting rid of the 19 cent gas tax and 15 cent diesel tax and replacing them with a 6 percent wholesale tax.
Leaders in the Michigan State Senate are looking to raise even more money in the tune of more than $1 billion. How they would do that is still unclear.
But it's something people who live on the crumbling Sandalwood Drive said they're open to.
"Whatever it takes to get it fixed. If we have to pay a little more on gas, but it's going to be put right back in the streets, then so be it," said Andrew Aikins.
Residents said they're paying close attention to with what's going on in Lansing. They're hoping one day, they'll be able to travel a smooth road.
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Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 06:48:05 GMT
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