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Road funding experiences gridlock, costing local road commissions

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

While state lawmakers are trying to figure out a road funding bill, county road commissioners are left with fewer dollars to maintain our roads.

Money that – for now – isn’t coming John Daly's way. Daly is the director of the Genesee County Road Commission.

"We would've looked at probably when everything was fully implemented seeing between $2.5 million and $3 million more," Daly said.

Daly said the state lawmaker's failure to come up a $1.2 billion road funding bill hurts his department.

"You either cut maintenance or you cut re-construction. We don't have the money to fund both," Daly said.

Lawmakers are at odds over proposed tax breaks. With Republicans and Democrats so far apart, Gov. Rick Snyder is calling the situation an impasse.

A detour to better roads no one wants to see, like truck driver Jay Payne.

"Rough, bouncy, I've seen tires damaged because of it," Payne said.

Payne said he's seen some improvement with our highways and byways. But he wonders why there isn't more.

"You pay all these taxes every year and you don't see the results of where the money goes," Payne said.

Meanwhile motorist John Straud believes a road funding bill should've been passed by now.

"It shouldn't be a problem. There's more than enough money. If they'd quit spending it in places that doesn't need to be spent," Straud said.

Straud said the latest developments in Lansing shouldn't come as a shock to anyone.

"It's frustrating but it doesn't surprise me. You know, I mean it's not just roads it's politicians in general," Straud said.

Daly said if our state lawmakers can't learn how to share the road, the streets in your neighborhood will probably get worse before they get better.

"Our roads now, for the second straight year, are in a decline in terms of quality of the roadway," Straud said. "And what happens as a result of that is the options that are available to us get fewer and fewer and become more and more expensive."

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