Category Archives: Transportation

Snyder says Metro Detroit flood underpins need for more road funding

SSM flooding 11.18.13Gov. Rick Snyder says massive flooding this week in and around Detroit reinforces the need to boost state spending on roads. Snyder says Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure may have played a role in the floods, although it’s too early to tell for sure.
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Lawmakers looking for new road funding ideas

DSC07421State lawmakers are hitting the reset button on talks over how to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

A state Senate workgroup met for the first time Thursday to hammer out a solution. Senators and staff involved in the meeting say it consisted of members offering wide ranging ideas for how to address the issue.
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A Grand Adventure on the Grand River

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Summer is heating up and one of the ways Michigan residents cool down is by hitting the water in a kayak.

Michigan’s first universally accessible kayaking trip will begin with the goal of increasing awareness and money on Thursday.

The trip will span part of the Grand River in Eaton county. It’s Michigan’s longest river.

Scott Fraser is the event coordinator and owner of adaptive paddling school. Fraser owns an adaptive paddling school and said being on the water can be therapeutic for people with physical, emotional or cognitive challenges.

People would say ‘Well, I can’t do that.’ Well, why can’t you? So, we ensure that people of all needs have access to the waterways… that’s people with Down Syndrome, our wounded veterans, that all have equal access to the river.

“Healing starts in the mind. So, it’s health and healing through paddle sports, and if you can start the healing process in the mind, the body will follow,” Fraser said.

Fraser said the week-long trip will cover more than 100 miles.

Nearly two dozen wounded veteran and other kayakers will trek from Eaton Rapids to the Ionia area. They’re scheduled to finish June 25th.

For more information on the trip visit A Grand Adventure.

MI Senate fails to pass comprehensive road funding package

Michigan Capital Building

Michigan Capital Building

Attempts in the Legislature to come up with more than $1 billion a year to fix roads fell apart late Wednesday night. After about 15 hours of trying to pass proposals to fix the roads, the Senate went home after midnight with no deal.
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