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Spring has returned, and with its warmth, comes construction.

The American Society of Civil Engineers gives the nation's infrastructure a grade of C-minus on its quadrennial infrastructure report card. Many of the country's roads, bridges, airports, dams, levees and water systems are aging and in poor to mediocre condition.
The American Society of Civil Engineers gives the nation's infrastructure a grade of C-minus on its quadrennial infrastructure report card. Many of the country's roads, bridges, airports, dams, levees and water systems are aging and in poor to mediocre condition.

This year the Gratiot county road commission deemed 12% of the county’s paved roads were in poor condition. That's down from 33% five years ago.

Jocelyn Garza, communications representative for MDOT’s Bay Region said new funding enables them to start repairs to county roads that have been long overdue. “Road construction is always going to take a certain amount of time, right? There are only so many ways that we can expedite the actual work from the point when we break ground on a project to when we would consider it completed. But what we've seen with the bond funding, since Governor Whitmer has been in office, is that we've been able to add projects to each construction year. ”

Garza also said with the increased construction will come delays, and she understands that can be very frustrating for drivers. "We're coming up on National Work Zone Awareness Week, and it's really an opportunity for us to highlight all of the work that our road workers do on a day to day basis and the dangerous position that they're put in." She said she implores drivers to proceed with caution when approaching or traveling through a work zone.