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Posted: Tuesday, 18 February 2014 4:00PM

Lawmakers Considering $115M For Pothole Repairs



State Representative Al Pscholka tells WSJM News lawmakers are debating spending $100 to $115 million dollars very soon on attacking potholes around Michigan.

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The Senate has a supplemental budget bill it's debating now that includes the money, and the House is working on Pscholka's version.

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The Republican from Stevensville would like to have all of the money bypass the Michigan Department of Transportation and go directly to local road agencies.

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MDOT officials have testified before lawmakers recently that they expect one of the worst pothole seasons ever in Michigan. The state road agency expects to spend around $117 million to fix potholes, a significant jump from the $88 million budgeted for that work. Pscholka expects the road funding bills to pass and be sent to Governor Snyder in the next few weeks. The governor is continuing to push lawmakers to come up with a long-term solution for road and bridge maintenance funding.

   

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