County road commissioners meeting in Lansing Wednesday heard from a Pennsylvania transportation official on how Michigan can spend more money on its crumbling roads.
Bradley Mallory is the executive Deputy Secretary with Pennsylvania’s transportation department.
His state recently passed a $2.3 billion road spending plan. The plan includes a higher gas tax and other fees.
“The price of doing nothing is higher than the price of addressing the problem, in terms of delays, detours, safety, including death,” Mallory said.
According to Mallory, Pennsylvania lawmakers know they have to do something to fix their roads.
“And I think we finally came to the realization, we can chase all these alternatives, quote ‘easy money’ scenarios, at the end of the day you’re better off biting the bullet.”
Michigan lawmakers are struggling to agree on a billion dollar road funding bill, which would largely be spent on just maintaining the state’s roads as they are.
This report was provided by Steve Carmody of Michigan Radio.