Michigan Considers $100 Million Fund for State and Local Pothole Repairs

As reported by Better Roads, the Michigan Senate is considering a proposal to provide $100 million to the Michigan Department of Transportation and the county road commissions to repair potholes caused by severe winter weather.

If the proposal passes, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) would receive 39 percent of the funds, and county road commissions would receive another 39 percent.

A $2 million amendment is also included that would help with cleanup from an ice storm that occurred in late 2013.

The funds would be provided by a $115 million reserve fund set aside for highway projects in the state.

The full article, which further describes the proposal, can be found in the Detroit Free Press.

Better Roads also lists a related article about pothole repairs in Maryland.

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) announced that crews are repairing the potholes weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters explains that the recent snow storms likely contributed to the formation of potholes on Maryland roads.

Potholes were on the minds of State and local officials during a bill hearing on legislation to incrementally restore Highway User Revenues (HUR) to local governments over a three-year time frame beginning in FY 2016.  In his comments on the bill, MACo Past President and Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt talked about issues with potholes in his county. At the conclusion of the MACo panel, Committee Chairman Edward Kasemeyer asked how much it would cost the counties represented to repair the potholes this winter.  County Executive Pollitt speculated that it would take most of his roads budget.

For more information, refer to these prior posts on Conduit Street.

Potholes Causing Major Problems on Area Roadways

Senate Hearing Offers Encouragement on County Roads Funding