Over the past three years, 38 of Michigan’s counties have returned their roads to gravel because they lacked the money needed to maintain their paved infrastructure — and this year nearly half of the state’s counties will be faced with making the same decision, the County Road Association of Michigan warned last week.

Local road commissions have returned more than 100 miles of paved roads to gravel, the group said. This year, 65 local commissions have said they expect to delay capital preventative maintenance due to lack of funding.

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