bluegreen alliance http://michiganradio.org en Fixing Michigan's roads http://michiganradio.org/post/fixing-michigans-roads <p>Time is running out for Congress to pass a new federal transportation funding bill.</p><p>The last funding bill expired in 2009.&nbsp;&nbsp; Congress has passed a series of extensions of the old law since then. &nbsp;</p><p>A coalition of Michigan environmental groups and unions say the ongoing delay is hurting state roads.</p><p>Mark Schauer is the head of the BlueGreen Alliance.&nbsp;&nbsp; The former Michigan congressman says the state&rsquo;s roads are deteriorating, in part, because Congress can&rsquo;t agree on a new six year federal transportation spending plan.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m sure I&rsquo;m not the only one that had to replace a tire as a result of hitting a huge pothole,&quot; says Schauer.<br /><br />Michigan Congressmen Dave Camp and Fred Upton are on the special House-Senate conference committee working on the transportation bill. A spokeswoman for the committee says discussions continue with hopes of reaching an agreement before the deadline at the end of next month.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 21 May 2012 19:36:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 7552 at http://michiganradio.org Fixing Michigan's roads