Michigan Road Crisis Update - Cost to Fix Michigan Roads is Now Nearly $2.2 Billion and Rising
Thursday, March 20, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association
Executive Vice President
Michigan Road Crisis Update
Cost to Fix Michigan Roads is Now Nearly $2.2 Billion and Rising
Okemos, Mich. – The cost of legislative inaction on road funding is now estimated at $2.183 billion additional funding needed annually, according to a report released this week by a former state representative.
The report, from former state Rep. Rick Olson (R-York Township), highlights declining road conditions and rising construction costs since he first released a road funding projection in September 2011. At that time, the estimated road funding need was $1.4 billion annually.
“This report just reminds us all that bad news does not get better with time,” said Mike Nystrom, executive vice president of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA), which has been lobbying the Michigan Legislature for increased transportation investment for years. “Legislators have known about the need for increased road investment for years, yet have done nothing to find a permanent, long-term solution to the problem.”
Olson’s report shows the reality that it is less expensive to taxpayers to maintain good roads than to replace deteriorated roads, Nystrom said.
“This year’s pothole season has increased the public demand for the Legislature to do what it is needed now, not next year, in order to lessen the cost to Michigan taxpayers of maintaining a quality infrastructure that we all deserve to depend upon every day,” Nystrom said. “Roads that could have been maintained in the past with a minimal investment are now falling apart while drivers find new routes to and from their homes. This is a crisis that must be addressed now with a long-term, annual, stable funding source.”
MITA is a leading advocate for increased funding for Michigan’s roads, bridges and underground systems to save lives and money. For more information, visit www.mi-ita.com