SE Michigan counties seek more roads funding from Lansing

Published On: Apr 17 2014 05:08:45 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 17 2014 06:03:53 PM EDT

The counties don't feel they're getting enough funding to keep the roads properly maintained.


It all boils down to money.

The counties don't feel they're getting enough funding to keep the roads properly maintained.

"We really need some road repair around here," said Carla, of Eastpointe.

When Carla takes her children for a drive they know they're in for a roller coaster ride.

"Well they're like, 'Watch out, mom. Be careful. Be careful,'" she said.

Nolan Halmon tries to keep his wife's car in good condition but that's a challenge when the roads are so bad.

"They're horrible. This is my wife's car and it's making her suspension bad," he said.

After the record-breaking winter that wreaked havoc on our roads, leaders from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties are pushing lawmakers in Lansing to increase funding for road projects. Lawmakers are working on a plan.

County leaders say it'll take $2 billion annually to do what needs to be done across the state.

"Most people will blame the department of roads or DPWS when they see a pothole when there is damaged to their vehicle because of a road, but what they don't realize is that they don't have the funding to fix the roads," said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

Meanwhile, drivers are doing what they can to dodge the never ending trail of potholes on our roads.

"If I can avoid them I try to drive around them. If not I just slow down. That's all you can do," said Halmon.

So, how likely is something going to get done in Lansing? On the county level they're optimistic. The question is the dollar amount.


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