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Michigan motorists often complain about the roads. Now a recent study says it’s not just their imagination – Michigan cities’ roads really are some of the worst in the nation.
TRIP, a national transportation research non-profit, recently released its report: Bumpy Roads: America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make Our Roads Smoother. The study identifies cities with the most roads in poor condition. Michigan cities show up far more often than residents would like.
Among large urban areas Detroit ranked #4 and Grand Rapids #9. When it came to mid-sized cities between 250,000 and 500,000 residents, Michigan fared even worse. Flint was the mid-sized city with the worst roads in the nation. Lansing was #10 and Ann Arbor is #25.
TRIP’s numbers were based on the percent of roads in each urban area that were in poor condition. Michigan’s Transportation Asset Management Council found the same thing. Across the state, 39 percent of all federally funded roads and 49 percent of state roads are in poor condition.
When Michigan cities don’t maintain their roads it costs their residents money. Potholes and poor road conditions increase the risk of tire and wheel damage, and cause motorists to drive in unpredictable ways as they avoid the worst of the damage. That can result in more auto accidents.
TRIP calculated the costs of poor road conditions based on miles traveled and AAA’s vehicle operating costs formula. Based on those numbers, TRIP estimates that Metro-Detroit’s bad roads cost motorists $866 a year in vehicle maintenance costs.
John LaMacchia of the Michigan Municipal League said in a statement:
“Local infrastructure continues to rapidly deteriorate and the cost of repairs continues to climb with state and federal governments unable to agree on of a long-tern funding solution to fix our transportation network. . . . In the absence of a solution, these costs are falling directly on the backs of local governments and their residents.”
That means on top of personal vehicle repairs, Michigan residents are looking at increased local taxes and millages to cover the costs of emergency road repairs when state and federal funds fail. That double hit means Michigan motorists are bearing the brunt of the state’s inability to pay for road repairs and are the ones suffering from Michigan cities’ roads being rated some of the worst in the nation.
David Christensen is an auto accident attorney at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He and his team represent the victims of car crashes against the auto insurance companies and help them get the money they need to focus on their recovery. If you or someone you know have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.