Our state of Michigan has distinguished itself as having among the worst road and highway system in the nation.
And even as state lawmakers quibble over how to pay for a fix, a panel in Grand Rapids has been looking for some answers at the local level. WGVU’s David Moore reports.
Potholes, dips and bumpy roads, take notice. The Sustainable Streets Task Force has you in its sights.
A fifteen year plan to repair and upgrade city streets is on the table, pending a sufficient funding source. Nor is the plan limited to just streets.
Task force member Cindy Irving says the “roadmap” also calls for the city to take over sidewalk maintenance and upkeep as part of the street system. Irving said “Our streets are about moving people, and we have a lot of people in our city that are moving along sidewalks. And they merit as much consideration as a car or a bike and we want them to be able to get from point A to point B. We want bus stops to be accessible, not in the middle of a grassy knoll and have them be difficult for a person to use.”
How to pay for all this? The task force recommends extending the city income tax rate past its current expiration of July 2015, adding that without any additional state or local investments, 94 per cent of city streets will be in poor condition within nine years.
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