DETROIT NEWS | I-94/75 bridge repairs spur a political quarrel

"The (state transportation) department's highlighting of the deteriorating bridge and need for 'new investment' is drawing the ire of some lawmakers and critics as the May 5 statewide vote looms on the fate of Proposal 1 and $1.2 billion in new funding for road and bridge repairs.

'The timing seems suspiciously coincidental and clearly coordinated in messaging with the first television ad urging a yes vote on a $2-billion-a-year tax increase,' said state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland.

The Safe Roads Yes campaign, a group largely bankrolled by the road-building industry, began this week a statewide television ad campaign. One ad features a Lansing-area mother who says the roads are 'dangerous' because of plywood holding up the concrete underbelly of some bridges."

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