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Michigan Department of Transportation may seek more money for winter cleanup


LANSING (WKZO) -- The Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation plans to ask the legislature for a 30-million dollar supplemental funding bill to pay for what he says has been the worst winter in recent memory, one that will result in one of the worst pothole seasons ever.

He estimates that local Road Commissions could use another 30 million and cities another 20-million dollars to cover their cost overuns from this winter season. 

Rep. Tim Kelly says the folks who really need the money are local cities and road commissions.

He says if anyone should get extra funding it should be them. MDOT Director Kirk Steudle says he has already spent 88-million and he thinks the final tally will be closer to 115-millon dollars.He says the more they spend on reversing winter’s wrath will just reduce the amount they have to spend on fixing roads.