---While the official start of winter is still a month away, many parts of the state are feeling the full effects of winter weather.Lansing, Mich.
The Local Roads Matter Coalition issued a call to action today for Michigan legislators: Now is the time to fix our roads.
Following a public hearing and lengthy debate, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners voted 6-3 to approve a 0.5-mill tax that is expected to raise approximately $7.3 million for projects to be completed in 2015.
Click here to view the road funding map for County, City, and Village roads to be funded with the new tax.
Roy Townsend, Managing Director of the Washtenaw County Road Commission, says the brutal winter last year cost the county nearly $1 million more than what a typical winter would cost. That's between the increased salt price, overtime pay for staff, and extra wear and tear on the equipment.
It has become an oft-repeated talking point in discussions over how to fix the federal transportation funding formula: The federal government has become an unreliable partner to the states.
But states are at least as much to blame for the drop in transportation spending over the last decade as the federal government.
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Lansing, Mich. – While Michigan residents are enjoying the dog days of summer, road agencies are quietly preparing for winter. The County Road Association said that state and local road agencies are bracing for a massive increase in salt prices expected this year – yet another hit for cash-strapped road maintenance budgets.