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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley talks about Michigan roads

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(02/21/14) - Michigan lawmakers are scrambling to come up with more money to help get the state's highways in better shape for the spring, after a brutal winter.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says a $100 million request making its way through the senate would help, but he says that's only a short term fix.

Pot holes are popping up left and right in Mid-Michigan. That's not making Brenda Mason's drive to work any easier.

"I think they're ridiculous. Those pot holes tearing up peoples cars and messing up your tires and all of that. It's bad," she said.

Calley says there's going to be more damage to potholes because of the severe winter.

The senate appropriations committee is discussing an additional $100 million to help fix the roads.

Calley says although he likes the idea, it's important to think about long-term solutions. He tells ABC12 that the state would need about $1 billion per year to go into the roads and bridges in order to keep them in good shape.

"The good news is that we do have a growing economy in Michigan, which means that there are additional resources for investments. However, the way that we pay for our roads today, there's not a very good future in it, for roads and bridges, so we have to think of comprehensive changes to the way that we pay for our roads, particularly when you see fuel efficiency improving so much. That means fewer gallons of gasoline and diesel sold and the amount of gas and diesel sold is directly related to the amount of money that goes into our roads," he said.

Drivers say, if the roads don't get any better, they'll have to find other ways to make sure their safety isn't in jeopardy.

"Have to slow down. Watch out. Remembering where the holes are so you want fall into the hole, so it's pretty bad," Mason said.

Calley says it could take a few weeks to work through that legislative process when trying to get additional funding to improve the roads.

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