Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

January 30, 2014

Mich. counties: Road budgets dwindling in winter

LANSING — Michigan counties are nervously watching as their road maintenance budgets are depleted because of nastier winter weather than usual.

The County Road Association of Michigan said local agencies are rapidly spending their road maintenance budgets and it could leave less for much-needed repairs in the summer.

Counties are responsible for maintaining most local roads across Michigan besides highways. County officials say with at least six weeks of winter left, 2014 will be remembered as an expensive one for road plowing amid heavy snow and single-digit temperatures.

Michigan’s 83 county road agencies have been urging lawmakers to boost funding for transportation.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to raise gasoline taxes is stalled, but counties are hopeful legislators will commit some of projected budget surplus to temporarily increase road funding.

 

 

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