COLDWATER (WTVB) - As Branch County motorists this week had to deal with the aftermath of another winter storm, the state Legislature was approving funds to repair roads damaged by the brutally cold weather-- but will it be enough? In total, it’s a 215-million dollar appropriation. Branch County’s share of the 100-million-dollars that was included to repair potholes and other problems caused by the winter weather along the state's roadways comes to nearly $600,000. The Branch County Road Commission will receive $517,000. The City of Coldwater will get just under $50,000. Quincy is in line for $6,800, Union City $7,800, and Sherwood $2250. The other 115-million-dollars in the measure is for special projects which will be determined after lawmakers meet with local officials and the Michigan Department of Transportation. Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association Vice President Lance Binoniemi calls that only a good start. The group intends to keep pressure on lawmakers to come up with a long-term solution.
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