Road Repair Hearing Tonight

    GRAND RAPIDS — The first of two scheduled hearings to discuss Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s deferment of 34 road repair projects is set for tonight in Hudsonville.

    Sen. Jud Gilbert, R-Algonac, is conducting the hearings, which are called “Priorities First” public information meetings. Gilbert is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. Tonight’s hearing is from 7-9 p.m. in the commission chambers at Hudsonville City Hall, 3275 Central Blvd.

    “Obviously, there is an overwhelming amount of public concern over the governor’s decision to defer road projects that have been planned for quite some time,” said Gilbert. “Some of these roads have been slated for improvements for decades, and there are a number of Michigan residents who are eager to voice their opinion over the repairs being suspended. These hearings are intended to give people a chance to speak their mind.”

    As part of the “Preserve First” initiative, MDOT deferred 34 capacity improvement, or Build Michigan III, road projects to achieve its goal of having 90 percent of roads and bridges in good condition by 2007.

    “The ‘Preserve First’ initiative may be short-sighted if capacity improvement projects are delayed until 90 percent of existing roads are rated in good condition,” Gilbert said. “Population growth and economic development throughout our state will continue to increase traffic congestion and jeopardize the safety of Michigan drivers.”

    The second meeting will take place from 7-9 p.m., Monday, May 5, at the Oakland County Commission Auditorium, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, in Pontiac.           

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