By: Grant Essenmacher
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter
Lansing Township this spring will continue to repair roads as spelled out in a comprehensive road plan in 2015. The plan is based on the road department’s analysis of which streets need to be redone in an effort to improve road conditions for citizens. Every year in March, the township’s Board of Trustees approves what they want to spend to redo the roads, and Ingham County matches whatever amount they approve. The amount of streets the board decides to redo is dependent on the budget, according to Board Supervisor Kathy Rodgers. “Typically, the roads that need to be redone the most we redo first,” Rodgers said.
By Skyler Ashley
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter
DEWITT — The Nov. 10 DeWitt City Council meeting saw the approval of a new initiative to make several repairs to local roads over the next five years. With the help of a Lansing engineering and architecture company, C2AE, DeWitt will create a plan for several improvements by 2016 at a cost not to exceed the amount of $51,290.30. Some of the targeted streets include Schavey and Panther between Howe and Herbison, among others. Talking with those involved creates a breakdown about a process many never question — how the yearly repairs that keep a city running are done.
By COLLIN KRIZMANICH
Capital News Service
LANSING — Across northern Michigan, county road commissions struggle to repair roads, replace old bridges and plow fresh snow with what they say is a serious shortfall in funding. “Overall, our roads are failing,” said Jesse Campbell, manager of the Alcona County Road Commission. “Over the last 10 years, we have lost about a third of our workforce, and we are also working with very outdated equipment.”
Wexford County is also struggling, and its problems aren’t isolated, said Alan Cooper, the county’s road commission manager. “We’re trying to do the best we can, but funding is sorely needed,” Cooper said. “It’s not just Wexford County that is hurting, it’s the entire state.”
On May 5, Michigan residents will vote on a ballot initiative to raise the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent.
By Rachel Jackson
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff writer
To Bath Township residents, the melting snow caused by warmer temperatures will be welcomed after a harsh winter, but to Bath roads, it will receive less of a homecoming. “It’s pothole season,” Clinton County Road Commission Managing Director Joe Pulver said. “When there’s moisture under the surface, the ground really starts to move around. It’s a lot of disrepair.”
Roads all over Michigan will crack and crumble as a result of temperature fluctuations, forcing road commissions to make hasty repairs in the coming weeks to ensure drivers’ safety. Declining road conditions have plagued the state for years but have become more of an issue recently during the statewide recession, during which state-allocated funds to localities have dropped precipitously.