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Roads get $175 billion more

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by Farm News Media, David Maturen

Roads get a boost
“Drivers are shredding tires and bending axles on potholes that grow daily. We obviously must do more to get our roads in better shape,” said State Rep. David Maturen.

The Michigan House of Representatives recently approved more money for immediate road repairs across Michigan.

The $175 million bill provides additional money for road preservation and construction as early as this summer, giving Michigan’s road repairs a much-needed boost.

“There are very few things in Michigan that get people as agitated as the condition of our roads,” said State Rep. David Maturen. “Drivers are shredding tires and bending axles on potholes that grow daily. We obviously must do more to get our roads in better shape. This bill is a step in a right direction, using money that already is available to help address an urgent need.”

In addition to state projects, the bill includes money for county, city and village roads throughout Michigan. Estimated local allocations include Calhoun County ($873,554), Kalamazoo County ($1.45 million), Galesburg ($13,781), Marshall ($53,799), Athens ($8,449), Augusta ($8,008), Burlington ($2,371), Climax ($6,360), Homer ($13,193), Richland ($5,071), Tekonsha ($8,815) and Vicksburg ($24,570) among others.

For a list of estimated additional road funding amounts that would be received by local governments, visit these links:

Counties

Cities and villages

The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment, Maturen said. The money included in the bill approved comes in addition to previous changes that provide more funding for road and bridge projects across the state.

House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.

For a list of estimated additional road funding amounts that would be received by local governments, click here.