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Republican legislative leaders have agreed to a budget framework and intend to begin passing bills despite not reaching a road-funding deal with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says target spending levels were sent to the leaders of budget panels Thursday. Details need to hashed out by conference committees that are expected to vote next week.

The budget deadline is Oct. 1.

42 percent of Michigan’s roads and bridges are either in mediocre or poor condition, and collectively, it’s costing Michigan drivers billions of dollars each year. That’s according to a new report from TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, DC. 

Carolyn Bonifas Kelly is the Associate Director of Research & Communication at TRIP and one of the study’s authors. She presented the findings Tuesday morning in downtown Grand Rapids. 

       The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments has awarded $60,000 in state funding to more than a dozen communities to support assessments of road conditions.      The agency says 850 miles of local streets will be rated in cities that include Berkley, Grosse Pointe Farms, Hamtramck, Inkster and Pontiac.

Governor Rick Snyder is calling on contractors and road building unions to settle their differences and get back to work, as 150 road projects are currently at a standstill in the state of Michigan.

A spokesman for Gov. Rick Snyder says road contractors and labor leaders have agreed to meet with him next week to try to end a contract dispute that has suspended projects across Michigan.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says a pilot project has provided a roadmap on how the state can establish a statewide asset management system to better manage roads, water pipelines and other infrastructure. 

Among the recommendations are ensuring that all participants in a database receive a benefit for participating and creating a permanent Michigan Infrastructure Council to oversee planning and mapping.

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A bill that would infuse $175 million more into Michigan roads and bridge this year has taken another step forward in the Legislature.

A Senate committee voted 16-0 Wednesday to send the supplemental budget legislation to the full Senate, which is expected to vote Thursday.

A report released this week says billions of dollars are needed to fix Michigan’s Roads and bridges in addition to what state government has already pledged. In 2015 Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $1.2-billion road funding package that raised fuel taxes and registration fees and also takes $600 million a year from the state's general fund to fix and maintain Michigan's crumbling roads and bridges. 

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A section of road slightly longer than a football field has mistakenly earned Kalamazoo 53 years of state funding.

Kalamazoo Deputy City Manager Jeff Chamberlain tells MLive that an inaccessible section of Crane Avenue near Crane Park was wrongly certified as a public road in 1963.

The road's status is at the center of a conflict between residents who use it as the only safe way to access their condominium development and city officials who believe it should stay closed to traffic.

The 350-foot segment earned Kalamazoo $192 in local street funding this year.

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State highway officials say concrete is crumbling on a three-mile stretch of the M-6 freeway south of Grand Rapids years before it should've started deteriorating.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman John Richard tells WOOD-TV that transportation officials are blaming the failure on a shortage in the natural resin used in highway concrete when the freeway was built about a dozen years ago.

He says crews were forced to use synthetic resin on the project.

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A new commission would make recommendations on how Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed $165 million for infrastructure fixes might be spent.

Snyder signed an executive order Thursday to create the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission.

His office says that if the Legislature approves his budget proposal, the commission would help determine how some money is spent on transportation, water, sewer, energy, and communications infrastructure.

Snyder announced plans to create the commission during his State of the State address in January.

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