Transportation advocates are urging the new governor to make fixing Michigan's bridges a priority. Keith Ledbetter, with the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, tells WSJM that the current MDOT five year plan for bridge maintenance shows that the agency only plans to address ten percent of the state's structurally deficient bridges. He's hoping Rick Snyder will take notice.
Ledbetter notes that revenues are not even close to what they'd need to be in order to fix all of Michigan's ailing bridges, and suggests that lawmakers and Governor Snyder start looking at ways to generate more.
Ledbetter says that Michigan is currently generating 100 million dollars less per year for roads and bridges under the gas tax structure than it was ten years ago. He thinks voters would understand targeted increases. A report from MITA shows that Berrien County has 43 MDOT bridges that are rated as Poor in recent surveys. Van Buren County has ten. Statewide, the number is about 13-hundred.