New study shows Michigan drivers pay $648 annually in repairs due to bad roads

Nearly half of all Michigan's major roads are considered to be in either in mediocre or poor condition. That's a according to a new study out Tuesday.
Fixing them won't be cheap.

"Resurfacing one lane mile, costs around $160,000 dollars. So if you do ten miles, you are talking $1.6 million dollars."

But with only a budget of 30 million dollars for 20-19 Fred Peivandi, managing director with the Genesee County Road Commission, says they have to prioritize which roads to repair first.

Right now he says it's two lane primary roads, which he says 49 percent of them are in poor condition.

"I'm hoping to bring my two lane primary roads up mostly fair and good after I'm done with this year's construction, that is my plan, that's my goal, " Peivandi said

But that's more preventative maintenance.

Peivandi says without additional funding, that's the best they can do. Not a long term solution.

No, its not, the only thing we can do right now is maintain what we have, we want to make sure we don't fall behind."

The study, which analyzed 2017 data from the Federal Highway Administration, shows Detroit and Flint with the highest percentage of roads considered to be in poor condition in the state.

Costing Flint drivers an average of nearly $800 a year due to wear and tear.

The report comes out just a week after Governor Gretchen Whitmer proposed a 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase to go towards fixing the roads.

"I think they should approve for our government to raise gas taxes so we can provide them with good roads. So they don't have to spend this $650 dollars a year," Pevandi said.

Even with extra funding to fix the roads, Peivandi says it could take more than 10 years to complete all of the projects.



 
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