Bedford Twp. trustees to vote on 2015 road repairs

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BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, MI (13abc Action News) – The Bedford Township Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a plan to fix a batch of roads that are plagued with potholes and crumbling asphalt.

If approved, those projects would begin this year.

Drivers say these half dozen roads in question are dangerous.

Besides potholes, the sides of the roads are giving out. The township supervisor agrees.

Michiganders who live along the stretch of Summerfield Road between Erie and Temperance Roads say it’s safe for horses, but not cars.

"I drive maybe 15 or 20 miles an hour and I try to shoot for the middle,” says Anne Marie Waldrop, who has lived in her home for seven years. "It's terrible. It's very dangerous. And it's not fun driving down. It's very hard on the vehicles."

"It's very rough, very hard to drive down and very bumpy,” says Elmer Jones who has lived in his home for eight years.

Jones says every time he pulls out of his driveway, he feels like he’s navigating the moon.

"Every year they come through and throw some patches on top of the old pavement,” says Jones. "It ends up in my driveway, the neighbor's driveway. Big chunks."

"The condition just keeps going downhill,” says Greg Stewart, Bedford Township Supervisor.

Stewart says on Tuesday the board is scheduled to vote on a list of six projects to complete this year.

Those are: Summerfield Road between Erie and Temperance Roads, Temperance Road from Secor to Summerfield Road, Temperance Road from Summerfield Road to the Whiteford Township Line, Vienna West Road between Crabb Road and Minx Road, Rauch Road from Crabb Road to Jackman Road, and Half Mile Road from Vienna to Temperance Road.

The treasurer says the work would cost the township about half a million dollars.

Stewart says he’ll soon ask for more projects in 2015 including repairing Dean Road from the railroad tracks to Crabb Road, as well as Monroe Road from Secor to Summerfield Road.

"We have to address these things and we can't wait for the state,” says Stewart. “We can't put our hopes into something will done by someone else."

One problem area already getting attention is the mile and a half stretch of Secor from Temperance Road to St. Anthony Road.

Trustees gave the green light to spend half a million dollars to start that federal repair project early. It’s money they expect to be reimbursed from the federal government.

This is the second year of a Five Year Plan to repair roads in Bedford Township.

Last year, the township fixed Samaria Road.

"It's a very aggressive plan and we want to keep that timeline as tight as possible,” says Stewart.

Homeowners aren’t holding their breath.

"We've been told this before,” says Jones. “We'll wait and see."

Stewart says if the full year's plan moves forward, Bedford is on track to spend three million on roads in two years. That's more than the previous eight years combined.

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