DETROIT (WWJ) – Roads in several Wayne County communities that are in bad shape could get the repairs they desperately need.
The county’s executive, Robert Ficano, announced Wednesday the Township Road Initiative which partners Wayne County Department of Public Service and the county’s townships, will be making $14 million available over the next two years to repair roads.READ MORE: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Announces Single Tickets For 2022-2023 Season
“This is money that we are redirecting, we are pooling,” said Ficano. “Traditionally, because the township is separate under the Road Act, the county works directly with the township – cities get all their own independent money for their roads and repairs and things like that.”
Unlike cities, townships don’t get gas tax revenues for the roads.READ MORE: Deadline Detroit Co-Founder Says Website Will Shut Down After Sept. 5
They have to rely on the county to get their money.
“Instead of the county just laying down at $1,500 a mile we would pool all the money and use it as a matching program,” Ficano said.MORE NEWS: Oakland County Woman Charged With Impersonating Health Professional
Each township will decide which roads will see the repairs first.