Less resources impacts Oakland County snow cleanup

Like many, one Oakland county resident says she's happy with road cleanup after Sunday's storm, but she says more still needs to be done 

Craig Bryson works for the Road Commission for Oakland County. He says crews are hard at work doing everything possible to clear away the snow and make travel safe.

"We're throwing all our resources at it," Bryson said. "We've got nearly a 1,000 miles of subdivision road that we maintain and we're probably roughly 50% through those. But that's the biggest challenge right now is getting into those subs." 

Adding to that challenge is that Bryson says due to budget cuts they are forced to handle this monster of a cleanup with less resources.

"We have 35% fewer employees than 2007," he said. "And no fewer roads and no fewer cars - so it's a challenge."

FOX 2: "Are these budget issues?"

"Absolutely," Bryson said.

With more snow expected this week, Bryson says the massive amounts of snow create a snowball effect causing more problems for road crews.

"Related to that starting to see potholes from weather the last couple days," he said. "Unfortunately we'll have to take some crews off plowing to patch some of potholes." 

Another Oakland County resident says she's not seeing much progress when it comes to the roads.

Bryson says his department works to face challenges head-on he says there is a solution.

"Increase road funding," he said. "We're in a road funding crisis in this state we  have been for a number of  years. We just don't invest in our infrastructure." 
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