road maintenance http://michiganradio.org en This map will show you where Michigan's big road construction projects will be http://michiganradio.org/post/map-will-show-you-where-michigans-big-road-construction-projects-will-be <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Orange construction barrels are a sure sign of spring in the upper Midwest.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To find where the larger road construction projects will take place in Michigan, you can download this <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/MDOT_C_MapWeb-2011_350547_7.pdf">map </a>from the Michigan Department of Transportation.</span></p><p>The map is updated each year to help motorists locate major&nbsp;MDOT&nbsp;road and bridge projects across the state.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Printed versions are available at&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">MDOT</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Transportation Service Centers and region offices, as well as at all Welcome Centers. Printed versions will be available in the UP sometime in April.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This map, of course, won't show what local road crews are up to. They'll have their hands full with all the potholes left behind by this brutal winter.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some of those crews are more challenged than others:</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:34:51 +0000 Mark Brush 16979 at http://michiganradio.org This map will show you where Michigan's big road construction projects will be Stateside for Tuesday, March 25, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-march-25-2014 <p>A Balanced Budget Amendment making the federal government not spend more than it takes in: It sounds pretty good. Get rid of those trillions and trillions of dollars of national debt. But one economist says that's not necessarily a great plan.</p><p>Then, it feels like we hear about recalls everyday, from food, to cars, to toys. They make news, but are consumers facing so-called recall fatigue? Are there just so many recalls that we've started to tune them out?</p><p>And, you don't have to hunt too far to find critics of our schools, of the way our children are learning, what they're learning and the achievement gap within our classrooms. But are we placing too much pressure on teachers when we expect them to fix these problems?</p><p>Also, it’s official. Merriam-Webster now recognizes “Yooper” as a word.</p><p>First on the show, f<span style="line-height: 1.5;">or years there’s been talk that Michigan needs to put more money into its roads.</span></p><p>Gov. Snyder has said he wants at least $1.2 billion annually for road maintenance and repair.</p><p>A new report says the state needs closer to $2 billion a year.</p><p>But negotiations at the state Capitol stalled – until the last few weeks.</p><p>Earlier this month, some $200 million was OK’d in a supplemental budget. It looks like another deal could be in the works.</p><p>Now word on the street is that this is not some grand bargain. Instead, there are reports that the amount would be closer to $300-400 million. It’s a start, but why now?</p><p>Jack Lessenberry is Michigan Radio’s political analyst, and he joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:23:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 16966 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, March 25, 2014 How much will it cost to fix the state of our roads? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-much-will-it-cost-fix-state-our-roads <p>For years there’s been talk that Michigan needs to put more money into its roads.</p><p>Gov. Snyder has said he wants at least $1.2 billion annually for road maintenance and repair.</p><p>A new report says the state needs closer to $2 billion a year.</p><p>But negotiations at the state Capitol stalled – until the last few weeks.</p><p>Earlier this month, some $200 million was OK’d in a supplemental budget. It looks like another deal could be in the works.</p><p>Now word on the street is that this is not some grand bargain. Instead, there are reports that the amount would be closer to $300-400 million. It’s a start, but why now?</p><p>Jack Lessenberry is Michigan Radio’s political analyst, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p><em> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:45:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 16960 at http://michiganradio.org How much will it cost to fix the state of our roads? An update on where we are with emergency road funding http://michiganradio.org/post/update-where-we-are-emergency-road-funding <p>As we gingerly pick our way through Michigan's pothole-ridden and crumbling roads, state lawmakers are hashing out just how much money to spend on fixing the state's roads and highways.</p><p>Chris Gautz, the Capitol correspondent for Crain's Detroit Business, gave us an update.</p><p><em>*Listen to our interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:45:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 16799 at http://michiganradio.org An update on where we are with emergency road funding Emergency road funding could be coming after nasty winter http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-road-funding-could-be-coming-after-nasty-winter <p>A monster pothole season is upon us – and state lawmakers say they want to help.</p><p></p><p>A state Senate panel on Tuesday added $100 million for road repairs and maintenance to a mid-year budget bill to help communities fix potholes and plow roads.</p><p></p><p>Lawmakers say local governments need the help to offset the costs of constant snow removal and efforts to fix potholes caused by the nasty winter weather.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:30:38 +0000 Jake Neher 16502 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency road funding could be coming after nasty winter Planned renovation of I-94 is met with resistance, but will it be worth it? http://michiganradio.org/post/planned-renovation-i-94-met-resistance-will-it-be-worth-it <p>Earlier this summer, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, SEMCOG, adopted something called the "<a href="http://www.semcog.org/2040regionaltransportationplan.aspx">2040 Regional Transportation Plan</a>." It's a roadmap, essentially, of how to spend $36 billion over the next 30 years to improve transportation in Southeast Michigan.</p><p>Of all the proposed improvements in this plan, the most controversial has been the renovation and expansion of I-94 and I-75. The price tag to expand and renovate these Detroit-area freeways is around $4 billion.</p><p>But critics say the proposals, especially the I-94 project, would force neighbors to pay a different price.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:44:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 13492 at http://michiganradio.org Planned renovation of I-94 is met with resistance, but will it be worth it? 1,354 Michigan bridges found "unsafe" http://michiganradio.org/post/1354-michigan-bridges-found-unsafe <p>More than 12% of Michigan bridges have been deemed "structurally unsafe" &nbsp;by the group Transportation for America.</p><p>Michigan has about 11,000 bridges. The group says 1,354 of those could be dangerous.</p><p>So, if more than&nbsp;<a href="http://t4america.org/resources/bridges/states/?state=mi">1 out of 10 </a>bridges in Michigan is &nbsp;"unsafe," how bad are they really?</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:18:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13161 at http://michiganradio.org 1,354 Michigan bridges found "unsafe" Where will the money come from to fix Michigan's roads? http://michiganradio.org/post/where-will-money-come-fix-michigans-roads <p>Governor Snyder says he wants more than a billion dollars just this year to pay for road and bridge repairs.</p><p>Our state has seriously bad roads that lawmakers in Lansing appear to agree on.</p><p>How to pay for road repairs is a whole other story.</p><p>We’ve talked a lot on Stateside about the different options to raise the money for these repairs.</p><p>Many Republicans appear unwilling to vote for any increase in taxes.&nbsp; Amidst facing a possible primary challenge, would Republicans consider voting for any possible legislation?</p><p>There have also been concerns that this funding increase would mean local governments and schools would lose upwards of $850 million in funding.</p><p>For months, Governor Snyder has been trying to get support from lawmakers, but we haven’t seen a whole lot of progress on how to increase funding.</p><p>Recently, a state House committee has begun hearings on a road funding strategy.</p><p>Chris Gautz is the capitol correspondent for Crain's Detroit Business. He sat down with us on Stateside to give us the details of the new proposal and how exactly it would work.</p><p>Listen to the full interview above.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:30:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 12178 at http://michiganradio.org Where will the money come from to fix Michigan's roads? Where do Michigan's tax dollars go? http://michiganradio.org/post/where-do-michigans-tax-dollars-go <p>Ever wonder where your Michigan tax dollars go?</p><p>MLive’s Jonathan Oosting has an<a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/michigan_sales_tax_where_does.html#incart_river_default"> article today</a> that breaks it all out.</p><p>He notes that:</p><blockquote><p>Michigan is one of eight states that levies a sales tax on fuel purchases, but it does not devote any of that revenue to road maintenance or repairs.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:11:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11278 at http://michiganradio.org Where do Michigan's tax dollars go?