road repairs http://wemu.org en Washtenaw County Forms Roads Funding Committee http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-forms-roads-funding-committee <p>The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has created a Roads Funding Committee to study the county's options for paying for road repairs.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The county Board of Commissioners had earlier rejected a point-four-mil tax for road repairs. &nbsp;This week's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">vote to create the Roads Funding Committee was just short of unanimous.&nbsp; Commissioner Conan Smith voted "no".</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:18:19 +0000 Bob Eccles 46933 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Forms Roads Funding Committee Ypsilanti Residents Split On Paying More For Gas To Help Fix Roads http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-residents-split-paying-more-gas-help-fix-roads <p>The idea of raising the tax on gasoline to help pay for road repairs in Michigan is drawing mixed reviews locally.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>WEMU news caught up with Billy Starr walking along Huron Street in downtown Ypsilanti.&nbsp; He says gas is taxed plenty already.</p><p>"I think it's way too high," Starr says. He worries people won't be able to afford to drive.</p><p>Others say they'd be willing to pay a little more for gas if it'll help repair Michigan's crumbling roads.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:00:37 +0000 Bob Eccles 46140 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Residents Split On Paying More For Gas To Help Fix Roads Ypsilanti Residents Glad Road Repairs Are Coming http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-residents-glad-road-repairs-are-coming <p>People who live and work along Prospect Road in Ypsilanti are glad to hear the city has approved spending some money to patch up the road and improve driving conditions until the road is completely re-built next year.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Jim Mufarreh owns Prospect Party Store at Prospect and Forest.<br /><br />"Long time coming," Mufarreh says. "It's well-needed. It's terrible out there. It's a terrible road. It's been needed for years."</p><p>Mark Naess lives in the area, and he says the road is almost undriveable.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:34:06 +0000 Bob Eccles 44469 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Residents Glad Road Repairs Are Coming Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Funding Road Repairs http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-consider-funding-road-repairs <p>Ypsilanti City Council tonight is expected to consider a resolution to spend $249,000 to fix some of the city's worst roads.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Council member Ricky Jefferson says the city has already had to pay on a couple of claims of bent wheel rims, and the problem is only going to get worse if it's not addressed.</p><p></p><p>The resolution up for council's consideration would target four specific sections of city streets:</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:04:29 +0000 Bob Eccles 44411 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Funding Road Repairs Governor Snyder Says Roads Proposal Is A Good Start, But Not Enough http://wemu.org/post/governor-snyder-says-roads-proposal-good-start-not-enough <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Rick Snyder tells The Associated Press a proposal by Republican House leaders to spend $500 million annually on roads is a good first step toward much-needed changes, but says it's less than half of his spending target.</span></p><div> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:27:58 +0000 Associated Press 43997 at http://wemu.org Governor Snyder Says Roads Proposal Is A Good Start, But Not Enough Michigan Road Fixes May Be Coming Soon http://wemu.org/post/michigan-road-fixes-may-be-coming-soon <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A top Republican in the state Senate thinks a long-term fix for <a href="https://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9615---,00.html" target="_blank">Michigan’s roads </a>could be coming sooner than expected.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:47:27 +0000 Jake Neher 43655 at http://wemu.org Michigan Road Fixes May Be Coming Soon Stretch Of I-94 Will Be Closed This Weekend http://wemu.org/post/stretch-i-94-will-be-closed-weekend <p>A stretch of Eastbound I-94 on the southern edge of Ann Arbor is going to be closed this weekend. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, it is the first of several planned closures of the highway in coming months.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:25:19 +0000 Andrew Cluley 32073 at http://wemu.org