road repairs

7:18 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Washtenaw County Forms Roads Funding Committee


The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has created a Roads Funding Committee to study the county's options for paying for road repairs.

The county Board of Commissioners had earlier rejected a point-four-mil tax for road repairs.  This week's vote to create the Roads Funding Committee was just short of unanimous.  Commissioner Conan Smith voted "no".

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3:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Ypsilanti Residents Split On Paying More For Gas To Help Fix Roads

Credit Andrew Cluley

The idea of raising the tax on gasoline to help pay for road repairs in Michigan is drawing mixed reviews locally.

WEMU news caught up with Billy Starr walking along Huron Street in downtown Ypsilanti.  He says gas is taxed plenty already.

"I think it's way too high," Starr says. He worries people won't be able to afford to drive.

Others say they'd be willing to pay a little more for gas if it'll help repair Michigan's crumbling roads. 

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2:34 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Ypsilanti Residents Glad Road Repairs Are Coming

Prospect Road across from Prospect Park.
Credit Bob Eccles

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.

Jim Mufarreh owns Prospect Party Store at Prospect and Forest.

"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."

Mark Naess lives in the area, and he says the road is almost undriveable.

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1:04 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Funding Road Repairs

Ypsilanti City Council tonight is expected to consider a resolution to spend $249,000 to fix some of the city's worst roads. 

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.

The resolution up for council's consideration would target four specific sections of city streets:

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Michigan News
4:27 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Governor Snyder Says Roads Proposal Is A Good Start, But Not Enough

Credit Wikipedia

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.

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Michigan News
9:47 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Michigan Road Fixes May Be Coming Soon

State Senator Arlan Meekhof

A top Republican in the state Senate thinks a long-term fix for Michigan’s roads could be coming sooner than expected. Jake Neher reports.
    A top Republican in the state Senate thinks a long-term fix for Michigan’s roads could be coming sooner than expected. 
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7:25 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Stretch Of I-94 Will Be Closed This Weekend

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.

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