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!

Local Communities Place Road Work Millages On August Ballot
July 28, 2014
Road millages are on the ballot in communities across the state next week.
How to Avoid Potholes
July 22, 2014
A clever, to the point video, that also references the TRIP report.
State Officials Need To Act On Michigan Roads
July 21, 2014
This opinion page piece from the Midland Daily News takes the Michigan Legislature to task for their inaction on road funding.
New TRIP Report: Michigan Among States With 30% or More Major Rural Roads in Disrepair
July 10, 2014
A new national report shows that 32 percent of rural roads in Michigan are in poor condition.
Michigan Laborers Road Tour Calls On Legislature to Act on Road Funding
July 8, 2014
To highlight the road funding crisis, the Michigan Laborers hosted press conferences across the state recently.
Feedback: Readers’ anger over roads as bad as the roads themselves
June 24, 2014
Reader's continue to submit angry letters to newspapers venting their frustration at the Michigan Legislature for not doing something about road funding before going...
Labor Voices: Republicans took their eyes off road
June 18, 2014
The Republican-led Legislature took their eyes off the road when they failed to pass road funding before going on break, according to this opinion...