Main Meridian-to-Lansing link of Michigan Avenue in need of repairs

By Julie Campbell
Meridian Times Staff Reporter

Damaged roads seem to be a huge problem across Michigan, one that grows over time. It’s almost as if potholes and bumps on the roads are a way of life for all Michigan residents. Although there are often efforts to repair these problems, there is one street — the main route between Meridian Township and Lansing — that seems to have been left behind on the road repair list: Michigan Avenue. Michigan Avenue is supposed to be the fastest, easiest route from Meridian Township to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing for the Meridian Township Fire and EMS, something needs to be fixed. If they have trouble getting to the desired location to help those in need, they’re going to have to find a different, longer route.

Fall to see sidewalk improvements for DeWitt

By Skyler Ashley
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — During a meeting on Oct. 13, the DeWitt City Council approved an initiative to improve several sections of sidewalk across town. The six locations marked for improvement were determined to not meet ADA standards, which cities are expected and required to meet under federal law to allow for easy access by the disabled. DeWitt City Administrator Daniel Coss outlined the plan concisely. “The project did get approved, Moffitt was awarded the contract and construction should begin within the next week or so.” Coss said.

It’s agreed: bridges need work, but who will pay?

By DANIELLE WOODWARD
Capital News Service

LANSING — Officials are predicting it will take $101 million annually in additional funding to save Michigan’s deteriorating bridges. State-owned bridges need about $70 million for repair and bridges owned by local agencies like counties, cities and villages need $31 million more, said Jeff Cranson, director of communications for the Michigan Department of Transportation. Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced that one in eight bridges is rated structurally deficient, meaning it needs to be monitored and inspected regularly. “Bridges are rated as structurally deficient, functionally obsolete or in good condition,” said Lance Binoniemi, vice president of governmental affairs at the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association. The three major elements of a bridge are decks, beams and supporting substructure.