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Road Funds Only Putting A Band-Aid On Problems

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Roughly 35 percent of roads across Michigan are in poor condition.

As 6 News Nick Perreault explains, more money to fix them may only scratch the surface.

From main streets to side roads and highways, MMichigan's pavement is in rough shape.

"We're putting band aid's on the solution right now and we are just putting another layer of surface to make our roads a little smoother," said Lance Binoniemi, VP, Government Relations MITA.

Binoniemi, from Michigan's Infrastructure and Transportation Association says the legislature's approval of $215 million in additional funds earlier in March may be good for local road commissions and their budgets, but not the state's overall problem.

"Every study shows that we need at least two billion dollars annually in additional funding to maintain our roads that's an ongoing annual need," said Binoniemi.

Binoniemi applauds House Speaker Jase Bolger's announcement last week to look for more funding by a potential change in a gas tax.

This VP says don't think you're the only one going through a rough patch.

"We lose $3 million a day or a billion dollars a year in that transportation asset, it continues to get worse every single year"

That's especially clear after this winter. So how do we solve it?

"It's time for the legislature to come together for comprehensive long term solution to our transportation problem," said Binoniemi.

Binoniemi hopes that will happen when lawmakers return from break instead of passing our problem on down the road.

The good news at this point, according to MDOT is: funding won't affect construction projects slated this summer around mid-Michigan.

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