Legislators focused on better roads and bridges
State Rep. Scott VanSingel today said work that began this week on M-20 in Oceana and Newaygo counties is a sign that the Michigan Legislature has made repairing crumbling roads and bridges a key priority.
VanSingel, of Grant, said the Michigan Department of Transportation will chip seal M-20 from east of 144th Avenue to Winter Street in Oceana County, and from Greenback Street to M-37 in Newaygo County. The $1.5 million project is expected to be completed by mid-August.
“Due to difficult economic circumstances, our transportation system was severely underfunded from 2000 to 2010 and is in rough shape, to put it mildly,” VanSingel said. “The Legislature has made it a priority to fix the problem and make our roads safe for families and provide smooth passage for commerce so we can grow our economy.”
VanSingel said the 2017-18 budget provides record funding for roads, bridges and underground water systems. Legislation has also been approved to strengthen warranties so road repairs will last longer.
“We have seen road projects that hardly lasted two or three years before they reverted to their former state of disrepair,” VanSingel said. “We demanded stronger warranties because we want to get the most out of taxpayer money that is entrusted to us.”