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Task force recommends immediate investment to save city roads


Caroline MacGregor
February 27, 2013 | WGVU   A task force is recommending immediate investment to upgrade streets in Grand Rapids or risk allowing the entire system to fall to ruin. That’s the sobering word from members of the Sustainable Streets Task Force.

Right now 63% of Grand Rapids Streets are in such bad shape that the number will rise to  94% in nine years’ time if action is not taken quickly. Suzanne Schultz is the head of the Sustainable Streets Task Force. For over a year the task force has met twice a month looking at road conditions, assessing how the situation deteriorated so quickly and finding funding sources, and solutions. Schultz says state and local investment is needed now to save the system.

Task Force recommendations include: A Vital Streets approach for the city’s economy. Public right-of-way that  increases access to businesses, schools, and medical services.

The Task Force is recommending new local investment of $9 million per year. A series of focus groups and citizen input sessions will be held before the task force makes final recommendations by the spring.

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