Michigan Municipal League pleads case to U.S. Senate on behalf of road-weary motorists

Mar 16, 2018

Listener Charlotte Finnegan says McDevitt Avenue, near the Draper Road intersection in Vandercook Lake, often gives her trouble while driving.
Credit Charlotte Finnegan, an MI Curious question asker

It’s pothole season in Michigan, that time of year when drivers really notice the state’s crumbling roads, too often paying the cost in vehicle repairs. Meanwhile, crews are busy patching potholes, but many streets and roads need a lot more than a patch.

Dan Gilmartin is the CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League, which represents cities and villages in the state, got a chance to talk to a U.S. Senate committee about the state of the roads in Michigan.

Gilmartin joined Stateside to discuss the pitch he made to the Senate for federal dollars, why the state’s recent increases to the gas tax and registration fees aren’t enough to fix Michigan’s roads, and the greater consequences for Michigan if the problem is not addressed.

Listen above.

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