County: Money is a problem for fixing roads - WNEM TV 5

County: Money is a problem for fixing roads

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ARENAC COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Phyllis Keltner describes what it’s like living on Conrad Road in Arenac County. “I can’t seem to get up and down the road at all.”

The road is one of many in the area that is a mud pit. Keltner tells TV5 she’s seen crews out trying to address the situation.

“A couple of weeks ago they scraped the road, but it didn’t do much good, and then it got worse.”

Arenac County Road Commission officials, like Superintendent Blair Dyer, say some of these roads are in rough shape, but they insist they are doing everything they can to get them fixed.

“We work overtime as you heard here in the meeting, trying to get people in and out. I feel sorry for them. I’m just as frustrated as they are. I don’t want bad roads either,” said Dyer.

Dyer says this is the worst he’s ever seen the roads here. He blames a rapid warm-up for creating the extra moisture in dirt roads, and causing the muddy mess.

“We’re in a freeze and thaw cycle right now and that’s where we’re supposed to have been in the first place. And then we wouldn’t be in this shape with the roads.”

Dyer tells TV5 money is also a problem. He says only five of the county’s twelve townships have a road millage in place. Dyer believes that statistic needs to change.

“The local townships have to understand that if they want the local roads fixed, they’re going to have to contribute more.”

Dyer said the revenue would stay in that particular township. Local dollars for local roads.

As for Keltner, she’s just looking forward to the day she can drive down her street again. “Fix it up so I can get out with my car. I’ve been home and I get tired of sitting around here.”

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