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Report: Michigan doesn’t have money to fix deteriorating roads

March 12, 2019

Detroit Free Press

Kristi Tanner


The report, published by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based transportation group, examined legislation that will help increase state transportation funding from $2.2 billion in 2015 to almost $3.7 billion by 2023 and found that despite the increase, many crucial transportation projects remain unfunded.

Some of the TRIP report findings presented at the Detroit Regional Chamber on Tuesday include:

  • The total cost to motorists for driving on Michigan roads in poor conditions is about $14.1 billion each year when additional factors besides wear and tear are considered, like insurance, lost time and poor road design.
  • Among urban areas examined by TRIP, motorists in Detroit had the highest wear-and-tear costs, or vehicle operating costs, per driver at $824.
  • The percentage of federal-aid eligible roads and highways in Michigan with pavement in poor condition increased from 25 percent in 2006 to 40 percent in 2017, according to the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC).
  • Statewide, 11 percent of bridges were structurally deficient, meaning at least one of the major elements of the bridge was in poor condition or worse in 2017. Nationwide, that figure was 9 percent in the same year.
  • About 43 percent of bridges in Michigan, 4,815 structures, were built in 1969 or earlier.
  • Michigan’s traffic fatality rate of 1.01 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled was below the national rate of 1.16 in 2017.

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