Dear Michigan legislators: Thanks for the new road money. Also: It’s not enough.
Those are the dual sentiments expressed by local officials over the state Legislature’s approval of $175 million in additional road money in response to a public outcry over pothole-ridden roads that worsen with every thaw.
The package was approved unanimously in both houses of the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign it.
“Any additional funding we can get is more than welcome,” said David Lear, assistant city engineer in Livonia. “Obviously, our budget for infrastructure repairs is much less than what it should be throughout the state.”
“We definitely appreciate the additional money available and we’ll put it to good use,” said Craig Bryson, spokesman for the Road Commission for Oakland County. But, Bryson added, the county has about 600 miles of primary road that’s rated in poor condition and the new money will only go so far.