Well it’s that time of year again when the orange barrels and flashing yellow lights dominate our roadways. As many of you Michiganders already know the Zilwaukee bridge has been closed for the summer (or longer) and you have to detour around that area (Bay City) if your heading north or south on I-75. Also parts of I-96 around Jackson has construction going on, according to my daughter Meghan.
I’m no genius, but for the life of me I can’t figure out whatever happened to the “lotto money” for our road systems? Michigan has to have some of the worst infrastructure of any of the lower 48 states, and Monroe county has to be the worst of the worst! We have roads in Monroe that look like they have been shelled by Osama’s Raiders! Rauch rd, Reinhardt rd. and Bigalow rd. are but a few of our dangerous and “in need of a major overhaul” roads. Some of these roads have been bad for as long as I can remember.
I noticed yesterday that Monroe street is having a new layer of asphalt put down, and I thought that was just done 5-6 years ago! If you live in the country, like I do , about all your going to see is “cold patch!” You talk about a waste of time, and tax dollars! There’s holes on Rauch rd. that would swallow an 18-wheeler, but township officials evidently don’t ever have to drive these dangerous roadways. I hate to sound like a complainer, but I don’t know of anyone that is happy with our Michigan roadways. This just didn’t happen overnight, and it isn’t going to be fixed overnight, but it would be nice to see some sort of honest effort made.
Anyway as vacation season approaches, be careful of those tire blowing, rim bending, front end alignment road monsters! Maybe we could get a state lottery in place to help fix our roads? Oh but wait-we already have one! Who’s on first?