Nearly $50 million needed to repair county roads

Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

Photo by Linda Gallagher

Antrim County Road Commission Manager/Engineer Burt Thompson explained a map of Antrim County's primaries and how traffic on the roads is tracked as part of a meeting with township and county officials last Thursday, June 29. During the meeting Thompson stunned the officials by telling them that a minimum of $47 million is needed to bring all of Antrim County's county roads back to “good” condition.

MANCELONA – More than 50 of Antrim County's township and county officials attended a meeting on Thursday, June 29, held by Antrim County Road Commission Manager Burt Thompson, who told the group that in the next four years, Antrim County will need more than $47 million in road repairs and reconstruction.

Presenting a list of the county roads in most need of major repairs, Thompson told the stunned group that although a 2015 increase in statewide gas taxes and vehicle registration fees will increase income by $450 million to all of the state's county road commissions by 2022, it will be "too little, too late."

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