FACT: One-third of all fatal and serious traffic crashes are due at least in part to poor road conditions.

Michigan Road Facts

Fixing our roads would save Michigan money.

Plywood holding up a bridgeMaking investments to improve our state’s roads and bridges is sound economic policy. We continue to lose over $3 million each day or over $1 billion annually in our transportation assets. For every dollar invested in maintaining our roads and bridges we save at least six dollars in reconstruction costs. We can not continue to pass down the responsibility to future generations.

Simply put, there is not enough money being generated to support our infrastructure system. Our current need just to maintain the system we have is approximately $1.6 billion more annually and that need continues to increase at an alarming rate of over $100 million per year. If Michigan motorists paid $120 more annually, our roads and bridges could be maintained at a high and safe level.

The average Michigander pays $357 annually in unnecessary repairs to their vehicles due to poor roads.

The average Michigander pays $357 annually in unnecessary repairs to their vehicles due to poor roads. (Source: TRIP January 2014 report) Replacing tires, struts, shocks, etc becomes more frequent as our roads and bridges get worse. By investing a little more in our infrastructure, everyone would see less damage to their vehicles and less need for repairs.

Fixing our roads would save Michigan lives.

Three major factors are associated with fatal vehicle crashes: driver behavior, vehicle  characteristics and roadway features. It is estimated that roadway features are likely a contributing factor in approximately one-third of fatal traffic crashes. Roadway features that  impact safety include the number of lanes, lane widths, lighting, lane markings, rumble strips, shoulders, guard rails, other shielding devices, median barriers and intersection design. (Source: TRIP January 2014 report.) 

Car driving over potholeWe are in a crisis situation when it comes to our infrastructure in Michigan and we can not wait any longer to increase our investment towards it. We can see a benefit not just by driving on better, safer roads but also increases in efficiencies in transporting goods, improved economic conditions and increased tourism activity, helping showcase the beautiful resources Michigan has to offer, but we all must invest more.

An article published in The Chicago Tribune: ”States driven toward zero death crash goal,”  included the following information:

“A new study by the University of Minnesota evaluating the effectiveness of zero-death programs found that the states that have worked the longest promoting the four “E’s” of safety — enforcement, education, engineering and emergency medical services — have been the most successful at reducing crash fatalities.”

Targeting resources directly on the problem, whether it’s beefed-up police enforcement in specific locations or redesigning roads to slow traffic where accidents are prevalent, has had the biggest effect on reducing fatalities, the researchers found.



Latest News and Blog Posts

Come back frequently for the latest news on Michigan's roads crisis, along with blog posts from members of our coalition and others who agree: just fix the roads now!

How Much is Legislative Inaction on Road Funding Costing Us?
September 17, 2014
Legislative inaction on road funding is costing Michigan taxpayers $2.7 million per day.
Pothole Damage Claims Increased 249 Percent This Year
September 9, 2014
It shouldn't surprise us: lack of investment in infrastructure has resulted in an massive increase in pothole claims to the state.
SEMCOG: Michigan Lawmakers Need to Get On Fixing State’s Roads Now
September 8, 2014
SEMCOG urges legislative action on Michigan's roads
Editorial: Lawmakers clueless on Michigan’s road to ruin
September 3, 2014
The Michigan Legislature needs to pay attention to Michigan road funding, not wolves, according to this editorial by the Detroit Free Press.
Salt Prices Soar – Another Hit for Cash-Strapped Road Agencies
August 26, 2014
State and local road agencies are bracing for a massive increase in salt prices this year as they prepare for winter.
Susan J. Demas: Detroit flood isn’t enough to push GOP Legislature to lead on roads

After essentially taking the summer off to campaign, leaders have thrown up their hands on roads, which voters say is their No. 1 issue.
Metro Detroit Floods Expose Underinvestment in Infrastructure
August 13, 2014
Detroit Floods: Persistent underinvestment in infrastructure has dire consequences.