Why we can’t wait.
How do roads get so bad?
Road conditions are getting worse every day, it’s estimated that Michigan is losing $3 million dollars a day in the value of our road system. A lack of adequate funding limits the amount of roads and bridges we can build and repair each year. For the past few years MDOT hasn’t even had enough money […]
How are our roads funded?
Deterioration has two general causes: environmental due to weathering and aging, and structural caused by repeated traffic loadings. Poor drainage conditions also contribute to pavement deterioration. Surface drainage and lateral drainage are important. Most funding is derived from Act 51 (gas & weight tax), which has been reduced as people drive less and cars become […]
Michigan: a road funding problem
The state uses a formula to disburse of gas tax funds, which are a combination of the state gas tax (18.7 cents/gallon), federal gas tax (18.4 cents/gallon) and vehicle registration fees. A 6 percent state sales tax is tacked on but is not dedicated to road funding. Instead, it is earmarked for schools and revenue […]
Roads: A National Problem
Here’s a little bit more about the condition of our roads across Michigan: Michigan has the sixth-highest state taxes on gasoline but one of the lowest rates of investment on roads in the nation. Of the 41.4 cents in state taxes Michigan motorists pay on a gallon of fuel, only 19 cents is a fuel […]
Here’s a little bit more about the state of our roads in the United States: 65% of American’s major roads are rated in less than good condition. 25% of our bridges require significant repair or can’t handle today’s traffic. 45% of Americans lack access to transit. In the last decade America has fallen from 7th […]