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Michigan Laborers urge legislators to fix crumbling roads

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BIRCH RUN, MI (WNEM) -

Driving around on Michigan's roads can be dangerous and one group in Mid-Michigan has had enough.

Michigan Laborers are schooling Mid-Michigan about the dangers of the crumbling roads and bridges.

They met in Birch Run on Wednesday with the goal to urge Michigan legislators to come back and make a decision on infrastructure funding.

"I applaud the governor for keeping this issue at the forefront of his agenda, but the job isn't quite finished," said John Schmidt, vice president of Tri-City Ground Breakers in Midland.

The Michigan Laborers are touring the state and making a stop in Mid-Michigan with a school bus. It shows a piece of a bridge smashed into the top of the vehicle.

"The bus symbolizes how bad the roads are. Our kids go to school every day, they ride busses, they ride under these overpasses. And we're trying to symbolize to our legislature that these roads are terrible in Michigan and we need to fix them. And put people to work to fix them," said Daniel Husted, business manager for Labors Local 1075.

The bus helps show that it's not just the roads that are deteriorating, but the state's bridges as well.

According to the National Bridge Inventory Data, 18 percent of Michigan bridges are structurally deficient and in Saginaw County, 27 percent of bridges are failing. 

Jangle Blair is an eighth-grade teacher and parent in Roseville. She said her son can feel the bumpiness of the bad roads while riding the bus.

"On more than one occasion he's gotten off the bus in the afternoon and mentioned the driver had to swerve to miss a pothole and kids have actually fallen off the seats. It's happened numerous times," Blair said.

While the laborer's bus doesn't represent an actual accident, the group said the point is with Michigan roads, it could. 

The Michigan Laborers hope Michigan lawmakers will come out of summer break for a special session and find a solution to the road funding issue. 

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