Michigan seeks 'Road Watchers' in western portion of state

Jan 17, 2016

The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking "Road Watchers" to report on winter highway conditions in western Michigan.

The agency is seeking people in a 13-county region to participate in periodic surveys measuring winter highway conditions during the 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. commuting period.

The roadways include Interstate 96 in Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent and Ionia counties as well as I-196 in Allegan, Ottawa and Kent counties.

Portions of U.S. highways 31 and 131 will be monitored as part of the effort as well as Michigan highways 6 and 37.

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The second dedicated millage in two years for city of Muskegon road funding was voted down on Tuesday.

A city of Muskegon charter amendment adding two mills for road funding failed with about 55 percent of votes, according to unofficial county election numbers.

The proposal would’ve increased the city property tax limit from 10 mills to 12, and amended the city charter. Those two mills were to be dedicated exclusively to street repairs, maintenance and construction.

It was estimated to raise about $1 million annually.

pothole in road
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A group of Detroit-area residents fed up with the crummy condition of certain streets say their efforts to patch potholes have led to repairs on 41 residential blocks.

They started filling potholes in July in the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck and were boosted by an online fundraising effort.

The Detroit Free Press reports the group dubbed the Hamtramck Guerrilla Road Crew laid down 36 tons of cold patch over several weekends.

House aims for $1.2 billion road-funding deal this week

Aug 18, 2015
Michigan Capitol Building
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Michigan lawmakers are working on a $1.2 billion road-funding deal that could include a boost in fuel tax and vehicle along with shifting money from other spending priorities.
  Majority House Republicans are optimistic a plan can be approved by week's end. But cobbling enough votes for higher gasoline taxes will be difficult.
The goal is passing legislation the Senate and Gov. Rick Snyder can enact without changes. The House returns Tuesday after a monthlong break and is in session through Thursday.