The following Letter to the Editor, submitted by MITA, appeared in the Detroit Free Press April 1, 2007.
The March 21 article Shattered windshields and shattered nerves should serve as an eye-opener to the danger of continuing to let our infrastructure deteriorate. In recent years, Michigan has not made investing in our transportation network a priority, and it shows. The main revenue source for roads, our 19-cent gas tax, has not been increased in 10 years and lags behind many neighboring states. Concrete falling from bridges is an awful reminder that deterioration of our transportation system has a direct correlation to public safety.
Potholes should not be the only worry of Michigan's motorists; bridges also need to be repaired. There is real danger in underfunding the transportation system, and, unfortunately, that means that someone could be hurt. Roads and bridges are a necessity to our way of life, and keeping them safe is critical.