Pothole Problem

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

If you drive, you know the feeling--the teeth-rattling, bone-jarring, leave-your-seat thrill of hitting a pothole.

What you may not know is the frustration township officials like Meridian Township manager Gerald Richards feel over the issue, because township roads are in the hands of the county road commission.

This year, in Ingham County, the road commission has told each township they can't provide matching funding for major repairs.

"The township receives no tax dollars directly," Richards explains, meaning their budget has been reduced by $115,000. He says they likely won't resurface roads this summer at all.

"We know any match we put in is not going to address the overall condition of the roads," he says.

The road commission says the problem is simply money. Their director tells us the gas tax money that provides much of their budget for repairs simply isn't enough to do all the townships would have them do.

Richards say it's a vicious cycle.

"Really, the issue is a long term main approach to the road system," he says.

The Ingham County Road Commission's website says 77 miles of roads were re-sealed in a 2006 program. Just two 2007 construction projects involve full resurfacing, according to that website.


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