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Money on the way to help fix Michigan roads, potholes

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(03/15/14) - We've heard the complaints, now it is time for the solution. Money is on the way to help fix Michigan roads.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley signed a mid-year budget bill totaling nearly $330 million. Most of it will go toward road maintenance and projects.

Michigan roads have taken a beating this winter. As the snow and ice melts away, another pesky problem is popping up on the streets - potholes. These annoying craters are costly.

"We recently hit a pothole and flattened our tire, and I know someone who actually wrecked their car because of it," said Jessica Coleman of Genesee County.

Genesee County is expected to get more than $1 million to help patch potholes and maintain its summer budget.

The money comes right on time because after a harsh winter, road commission budgets are tight.

John Daly, Genesee County Road Commission, warns the added funding isn't enough to steer clear of all the state's road problems.

"All this does is make the road maintenance agencies essentially whole from the winter work they did. That money is already spent," Daly said. "This way we will be able to function normally during the summer."

The bill signed Friday will not solve all the problems. Lt. Governor Calley says a comprehensive road funding fix is still needed. Money from the bill will also be used to fund health services, home heating assistance and disaster relief.

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