National study shows Michigan has the worst roads

FLINT (WJRT) - (01/10/2019) -A company that creates HD maps for self-driving cars released a study that listed the states of the best and worst roads. Michigan was last on the list.

"I can understand that because we do lack funding for our local roads, we do have flexibility on receiving state funds for our primary roads, but not for local roads," Fred Peivandi said. He is the managing director for the Genesee County Road Commission.

The biggest setback is not having enough money. However, he said he has taken steps to fix the problem.

"Since becoming the manager director, I have increased the local road funding for 2019 construction season."

Originally, it was $1.6 million total being allocated to local roads. Peivandi raised it to $4.8 million.

"I increased that to a $4.8 million, but that money has to be matched with the townships fixing or doing any major improvements on local roads."

Therefore, $2.4 million from road commission funds and the other $2.4 would come from the township.

Weather is also a challenge.

"These recent days you can see the weather temperature goes from 50 down to 20 then up to 45, and that has a big effect on our road integrity," he said."

As a driver, there are things people can do to help.

"The faster you go, the worst the road you're going to get in a long term so slower speed does buy us some time."

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