Macomb County legislators vote to boost funding for urgent road repairs

first_img21Feb Macomb County legislators vote to boost funding for urgent road repairs Categories: Diana Farrington News Macomb County would receive an estimated additional $4.48 million – and its cities and villages would receive money on top of that  – as part of a new plan to quickly boost road repairs across Michigan.The money is included in a $175 million bill approved by the state House today with the support of Republican Reps. Diana Farrington of Utica, Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township, Peter Lucido of Shelby Township, Steve Marino of Harrison Township and Jeff Yaroch of Richmond.Money will be used this year under the House plan, which won unanimous bipartisan support.“Driving to work, to school, to the grocery store – dodging potholes is part of the daily commute in Michigan, and people are tired of it,” Hornberger said.Farrington said: “There’s an opportunity to provide additional help to our road preservation and construction efforts, and we must seize it.”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.“The money for additional road repairs is there right now. We aren’t raiding another part of the budget or raising anyone’s taxes to accomplish this,” Marino said.Lucido said: “It’s a no-brainer. All of us are sick of driving on these roads. I’m white-knuckling it to make sure I don’t drive into a crater every time I drive from Macomb to Lansing.”Yaroch noted the additional funds will support the entire region.“Under this funding formula all road agencies will receive more road money,” Yaroch said. “This will help address road issues sooner rather than later.”In addition to state projects, the bill includes money for county, city and village roads throughout Michigan. In addition to the estimated $4.48 million for Macomb County’s road commission, some estimates of funding for local governments include Armada ($11,507), Center Line ($49,111), Eastpointe ($202,693), Fraser ($83,347), Memphis ($9,007), Mount Clemens ($102,595), New Baltimore ($70,131), New Haven ($28,887) Richmond ($34,969), Romeo ($20,614), Roseville ($313,027), St. Clair Shores ($377,851), Sterling Heights ($810,885), Utica ($29,299) and Warren ($924,337).The money included in the bill approved today 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.###last_img read more

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