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Report Says Michigan’s Economic Recovery Depends On Roads

A national research group says in a new report that Michigan’s economic recovery could be in jeopardy because of deteriorating roads and bridges and a lack of funding to fix them.

The report is from “The Road Information Program,” a private non-profit group in Washington DC.

The group says the percentage of Michigan’s major roads that are in poor condition increased significantly in recent years, from 23 percent in 2006 to 38 percent in 2014.

It also says driving on rough roads costs Michigan motorists a total of $4.8 billion each year in the form of extra vehicle operating costs, an average of $686 annually per motorist.

Further, the group also quotes in its press release, Denise Donohue of the County Road Association of Michigan, touting the need for voter approval of Proposal 1 on next month’s ballot.

TRIP’s webpage is sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers, distributors and suppliers, businesses involved in highway and transit engineering and construction, labor unions, and organizations concerned with an efficient and safe surface transportation network that promotes economic development and quality of life.

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