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‘It’s Gone Beyond Repairs,’ State Rep Says About Michigan Roads

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School bus with prop serves as a visual message to lawmakers about the state of Michigan roads. (WWJ/Stephanie  Davis)

School bus with prop serves as a visual message to lawmakers about the state of Michigan roads. (WWJ/Stephanie Davis)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – More calls for State lawmakers to cut their summer break and get back to work on a plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges after legislators failed to pass a bill earlier this month.

“This is a bi-partisan issue that needs to be dealt with – with the Legislature that has been elected to do this job” said Mike Aaron of Laborer’s Local 1191, “and we need our crumbling road and crumbling infrastructure repaired.”

Liz Ellis speaks to group gathered.

Liz Ellis speaks to group gathered.

The Laborer’s International Union of North America brought in a real school bus smashed by a prop piece of a fallen bridge–to send a message. State Representative Marilyn Lane, a Democrat from Dearborn stood in front of the bus in Detroit with a warning.

“It’s gone beyond just repairs to our cars but the safety of being on our roads,” said Rep. Lane. “It’s only a matter of time before we are going to have continuous accidents and life lost. If we don’t have the political courage to take the challenge to fix the roads.”

Liz Ellis has driven a school bus for Dearborn Schools for many years and voiced her concern about the deteriorating infrastructure.

“I drive over a bridge that you can see right through to the bottom of the road,” she said,”and especially when you have a busload of kids you are worried that the bridge is going to go.”

Ellis and others are calling on state lawmakers to get back to Lansing to work on creating a sustainable plan for Michigan roads and bridges.

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