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Improvement To Michigan Roads Still Years Away

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The $1.2 billion goal won't be reached until 2018.

Even if voters in May approve the state's plan to provide additional money to fix roads, it could be several years before real improvements to the infrastructure are noticeable.

Washtenaw County Road Commission Managing Director, Roy Townsend, says the delay is due to the plan phases in the additional road dollars. No additional money will be available for the 2015 construction season. The goal of $1.2 billion annually won't be realized until 2018. Townsend stated "roads are going to continue to deteriorate, and, you know, will 1.2 [billion] be enough in 2018? I'm not so sure."

Washtenaw County will see road work, once again, next summer. A half-mil tax, approved by the County Commissioners this fall, will pay for $7 million of the work. Townsend expects county officials to consider extending this tax until the full increase in state funding is reached.

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Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.