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.”READ MORE: Whitmer Tours Eastern Michigan University Vaccination Clinic
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.”READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
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.”MORE NEWS: Michigan Reports 9,674 New COVID-19 Cases, 12 Deaths For Sunday And Monday
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.