A new report released this week by a former state representative highlights what it will cost to maintain Michigan’s roads and bridges due to legislative inaction.
The condition of Michigan’s roads continued to deteriorate in 2011, and this trend will continue without additional funding.
Investing in public goods — like the state’s roadways and infrastructure — should be a priority for state government, Michigan residents say.
The Michigan Department of Transportation believes that Michigan’s truck weight law is based on sound research and results in less highway damage and improved safety relative to federal weight law.
Anderson Economic Group: “Overall, we find that the quality of Michigan’s roads will decline rapidly if more funding is not raised for additional repairs and maintenance.”
This report shows Michigan bridges have significant deficiencies with approximately one-in-eight of the state’s bridges rated structurally deficient
Unless additional funding is available to maintain our roads, they are projected to get much worse.
Anderson Economic Group: “The results of this analysis are clear: the benefits to the state and its residents of increasing our road funding and improving our roads are very large, and far off- set the cost of the higher gas taxes necessary to support that expenditure.”
American Society of Civil Engineers Michigan Section: “Inadequate investment in the road system today will mean not only accelerated deterioration but increased maintenance costs in the future.”
If Michigan’s transportation system is to continue to serve the state adequately, our investment in transportation must increase significantly.