State needs to keep roads its priority

If there’s one thing that’s for certain, it’s that the topic of road quality in Michigan is always on people’s minds.
Jan 3, 2014

Whether it’s in the winter and potholes are pummeling our cars, the summer and we’re dodging orange construction barrels, or we’re debating issues like gas taxes and registration fees to fund road improvements, it seems like there’s always a time where Michiganders talk roads.

And, as the future of road improvement funding remains foggy, this discussion doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Although this may be the case, it’s good to see that there’s some positive news when it comes to road and bridge improvements.

Recently, the state announced that the Ottawa County area would be getting $4.6 million in funds in the coming year for a variety of local road and bridge improvements. This is a part of a $115 million initiative statewide to provide road funding.

More specifically, money was granted for preventative maintenance of bridges on I-96 and I-196, and road upgrades on North Shore Road east of North Beach Park Drive.

With so many questions and unknowns about the state of future road funding in Michigan, it’s good to see that the state is directing some resources toward local roads and bridges.

This is a good start, but hopefully the state decides not to take its foot off the accelerator. We’re hoping the state continues to take a hard look at road funding and comes to some kind of an agreement on how we can sustain maintenance and new construction projects into the future.

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