Drivers Sound Off On State Road Improvement Plan

DETROIT (WWJ) – State lawmakers this week will examine a plan to raise nearly $1.5 billion a year to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges.  But it would come at a price to drivers with an extra nine cents a-gallon on the state gasoline tax, and another $60 annually for license plate tabs.

Most drivers speaking to WWJ Newsradio 950 on Tuesday were not happy to hear about it.

While roads and bridges may be stressed, another commuter says so is his wallet. “I’m having a hard time now,” said  Charles Milner, who holds down two jobs to make ends meet.

While gassing up his ’95 Chevy, Milner told WWJ’s Ron Dewey that paying more for gas and plate tabs to help fix the roads won’t help his bottom line. “It’s hard to pay this as it is and adding 60 more dollars, I’d have to quit driving … that would really be too much.”

“I think it’s sad,” said another man.

What do you think?

But one commuter said the roads are bad enough that it’s worth the extra cost.”This year, not as bad because the winter … it’s been a mild winter. But the roads overall, yes,” he said.

Joked one driver, “As long as the gas keeps going down, I can pay nine cents extra.”

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  1. Kerrt Bloom says:

    The governor is wrong by charging the seniors more. The trailer plat for life shoud be recinded. The owners of trailers only pay one time. If they were charged every year like vehicle owners are it would raise enough money to fix the roads. The eignteen wheelers are the one that are tearing up our roads. They have the heaviest load limit in the country. That is why the roads are being torn up. They should pay for using our roads and tearing them up.

  2. Countrysunrise says:

    It’s time for the Governor to come up with a Plan B. The large trucks should be taken off the road. With the small amount that my Husband and I have to live on every month, I am unable to seek the proper medical treatment I’m supposed to be getting, because we can’t afford to drive to the Doctor on a monthly basis. We had to cut back on food, because we can’t drive to the grocery store and buy what we need from where we live. Insurance is too expensive. The tabs keep going up, yet the semis keep tearing up the expressways with their heavy loads. When you come up North, you can see them with the parts for the turbines. I can imagine how heavy they are, and what damage they’re doing to the roads, let alone what the turbines are doing to our bird population!! The scalping of our public has to stop already!! We don’t put enough miles on our vehicle in a year to tear up the roads.

  3. jack says:

    Country and Kerrt I agree 100% We see weigh stations closed all the time , construction zones every summer , in my opinion they are using cheap materials to repair the roads , it seems like the same area of road is repaired over and over again and some of them are not completed at all , we have a lottery that is supposed to take care of the schools, where is it going ? TAX TAX TAX TAX when will it stop? NEVER

  4. Bob says:

    Take the trucks away, and the michigan economy stops. How do you people think you get all your goodies to your local grocery store, toy store, retail shops, resteraunts. Trucks are not the problem, it is the QUALITY of the road when built. Perfect example is the stretch of I-75 between Gibraltar, and Trenton, ergo the West Road area. After YEARS of shoddy work, they FINALLY used quality materials and it’s probably one of the best stretches of expressway. Take away the excuses about the cold weather, stop the ‘good old boy’ system for contracts and pay a quality company, to do quality work. Oh wait, it’s all about the money and lining pockets. Sorry i started to make sense there for a minute, my mistake.

    1. Kerry Bloom says:

      If the trucks didn’t have the heaviest load limit in the country the roads wouldn’t be torn up like they are. Do you see the other states roads torn up like they are in Michigan ?

  5. Bob says:

    Did you fail at math and physics? There’s a reason trucks have 18 wheels, and if the load exceeds 42,000 there are more tires to disperse the weight evenly. Roads are also ‘rated’ for weight, some seasonal, and others designated truck routes, again across the country. It is the use of inferior grades of cement and other construction materials to increase profits at the expense of quality, and to ensure the job goes back up for bid in a year or two, your barking up the wrong tree

    1. Kerry says:

      Did you ever check the truckoing regulatios for each state ? I used to grive a truck. That is why they have weigh stations. If trucks weren’t overweight the y wouldn’t give citations for overweight.

  6. BOZO COULD BE BETTER says:

    IT IS ABSOLUTE BULL…. THAT WE HAVE TO PAY A HIGHER TAX ON GASOLINE , ISN’T IT OBVIOUS THAT EVERY TIME THERE IS A HOLIDAY LIKE MEMORIAL DAY THAT THE PRICE GOES UP ? CMON WHAT A BUNCH OF CROOKS WE HAVE IN THIS WORLD , I FEEL SORRY FOR THE CHILDREN OF TODAY , CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT GAS WILL COST IN TEN MORE YEARS , NOT TO MENTION THE PRICE TO PAY FOR A CHARGE OF ELECTRICITY FOR ELECTRIC CARS, WE HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT PPL
    THANKS A LOT YOU REPUBLICAN IDIOT GOVERNOR ( SNYDER)

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