Michigan lawmakers approve $215 million for roads

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers have agreed to set aside $215 million more for road maintenance this year, partly to help local governments grappling with winter costs and potholes.

The Senate voted 30-5 to approve a spending bill Wednesday while another storm was hitting the state. The House then voted 106-2 to send it to Gov. Rick Snyder, who is expected to sign the legislation.

More than half the money will go to shovel-ready road projects. Lawmakers also are allocating an additional $100 million so road agencies still have maintenance money in the summer after significant snow plowing costs.

However, local officials say this does not fix long term road issues.  Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel tells 7 Action News $1.5 to $2 billion would be needed. 

He also says his budget is $2 million in the red with the punishing winter this year.  

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