Gravel roads are messy, and potholes are showing up on roads all over Muskegon County. It's just that time of the year.
This week the Michigan Legislature is fast-tracking an additional $175 million in road funding for the upcoming construction season.
It's a plan the House Appropriations committee and full House of Representatives approved last week. This week the Senate may take the same action.
The money would come from the state's budget surplus.
$38.1 million would be distributed to cities, and townships around the state. $68.4 million would be allocated to the state’s 83 counties. $68.4 million would be used for state trunkline preservation.
"We are excited," said Kenneth J. Hulka, Managing Director of the Muskegon County Road Commission. "Our share of that would be just over $1 million."
Hulka says it's a significant amount of money that would have a big impact on roads in Muskegon County. The unexpected money would allow the road commission to do more road work this summer.
"That would do four miles of pavement," Hulka said. "We could easily spend ten times that, but we are very appreciative of $1 million if we can get it."
The road commission is in initial talks on how that money could best be spent. It would likely be spread out over a number of projects and allow the road commission to participate in additional road projects townships in Muskegon County may want to tackle this year. But for now Hulka says road crew are focused on filling potholes smoothing out a number of rough gravel roads all around the county.
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