$100 Million For Emergency Road Repairs And Plowing Clears State Senate

Feb 20, 2014

Roads being ripped apart by brutal winter weather could soon get some help.

The state Senate Thursday approved $100 million of emergency money for roads.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher.

The state Department of Transportation and local governments have been constantly running snow plows, spreading salt, and patching potholes. That means they’re looking at huge winter budget overages.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says a hundred million dollars of emergency money would certainly help. But he says it’s not clear that amount will stay intact through the legislative process.

“We’ll still have the governor and the other chamber to deal with,” he says.  “We’ll see if they want to spend the same amount as we do. But we sent a message as to where we are.”

Governor Rick Snyder says the state needs to study how much money is needed to help the worst-hit areas.