The Detroit News: Michigan roads second worst in country
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Michigan has the second worst roads in the nation, according to a "Highway Report Card" released today by Overdrive Magazine, a publication for truckers and trucking company owners.
Michigan placed third on the report card in 2009. Pennsylvania topped out this year's list with the worst roads, and New York and California tied for third place.
Michigan drivers won't see much relief from crumbling roads in the next five years after the Michigan State Transportation Commission in January slashed 243 road and bridge projects from the Michigan Department of Transportation's 2010-14 road program.
The commission was forced to cut the projects due to continued declines in state gas tax revenues and the state's inability to match federal dollars beginning in 2011.
The cuts were based on a one-year forecast that predicts road revenues of $1.16 billion in 2011, if the federal money is secured, down from $1.8 billion this year. Road revenue could be less than $639 million if Michigan can't come up with the match for available federal transportation dollars, according to MDOT spokesman Bill Shreck.
"Based on the fact that we have been talking about the needs of our network for years now, the results of this shouldn't be surprising to anyone," said Mike Nystrom, executive vice president of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association and co-chair of the Michigan Transportation Team.
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