LANSING, Mich.--- Half of the local roads in Michigan are in poor condition, and state officials say they'll need a lot of help to get better.
The County Road Commission delivered its ‘State of the Roads’ address yesterday, urging the state to give it the money it needs to stop the bleeding on its transportation budget.
The commission says crumbling roads are hurting everything, from businesses to public safety.
"If you drive, you already know the state of Michigan roads,” said Denise Donohue, Director of the County Road Association of Michigan. “You can't get five people together at the water cooler or a family party that somebody hasn't had a flat tire, a bent wheel, a bent rim, a broken wheel, a front alignment problem. There are people out there not buying cars because of Michigan roads and that's not good for Michigan's economy.”
M-DOT says a package of house transportation bills are a good start.
The state may lose even more money this summer when a federal program may become insolvent.