DETROIT (AP) — State highway officials say a piecemeal approach to maintaining and improving major roadways is a key factor in flooding that has shut parts of several Detroit-area freeways twice this month.
Flooding closed parts of some Detroit-area expressways Tuesday evening, but conditions were back to normal by Wednesday. On Aug. 11, heavy rains swamped freeways, stranding motorists and disrupting several days of travel amid the cleanup.
Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Diane Cross tells The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1q7C1ge ): "We're always putting Band-Aids on what needs surgery."
Cross says roads and supporting structures are aging; and soil, plants and road debris have washed into and blocked drains.
A plan to boost fuel taxes to raise at least $1 billion to fix deteriorating roads and bridges stalled this year in the Michigan Legislature.
Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/