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Monroe Evening News: Pay now, or pay later

Sunday, November 11, 2007   (0 Comments)
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Monroe Evening News

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Crumbling roads will cost citizens.

A decline in the amount of money being put into the maintenance of the state's road and bridges will hit your wallet someday soon.

That's the sentiment of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA), who has released a study saying the state's "crumbling and congested roads and bridges" cost Michigan motorists an average of $318 a year.

"This budget cut is going to hit the average Michigan citizen in the pocketbook," said Mike Nystrom, vice president of government and public relations for MITA. "... As necessary road and bridge repairs are postponed, those costs to motorists will escalate."

Drivers can expect more potholes, more congestion and the need to replace roads entirely in the future, rather than just fix them now, he said.

"This is a typical case of pay me now or pay me much more later," Mr. Nystrom said. "The Legislature just adopted a state budget which includes $1.5 billion in new tax revenues without addressing the desperate need of our transportation network."

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