Concern over Michigan's crumbling roads

(WXYZ) - Driving down any pothole plagued road would drive most drivers to aggravation.

Now, a new report from TRIP, a national research group, states there is a significant number of bad roads in the Detroit area.

"Which would lead obviously to vehicle repairs that are needed," said Rob Morosi from MDOT.  "That can lead to congestion, recurring congestion which can cost Michigan motorists up to $700 dollars a year in wasted fuel and it can also lead to accidents."

According to the report, 57% of the roads in the Detroit area were in mediocre to poor condition.
The study showed that the bad roads could cost drivers $1600 annually.

Morosi told 7 Action News more than 50% of Michigan residents do not know the fuel tax goes to transportation departments and people are not buying as much gas as they used to.

"We are over $3.00[for gas] so people are driving less and they  are driving much more fuel efficient vehicles," said Morosi.  "So revenues keep declining.

There is a long list of streets in Wayne County desperately in need of repair.

Some have been slated to be re-paved through federal funds including Gibralter in Brownstown from Allen to Old Fort Street,  Greenfield in Dearborn between Ford and Warren, Airport Service Drive to Merriman in Romulus, and Mack Avenue from Cadieux to Moross.

In Oakland County, the money is not there as well.  It is unclear how many repairs will be made.

"Some of them we can, some of them we can't," said Craig Bryson with Oakland County Road Commission. "We are trying to find money from any source we can right now but there are some roads we just don't have any money to do anything with.  We just continue to patch the potholes .  That's a band aid approach at best but we have no other alternative."

Many municipalities, counties, and MDOT have been lobbying to state lawmakers to get funding to improve these roads for years.

According to Morosi, the majority of lawmakers have not been in favor of  it because that would mean more taxes for Michigan residents.

Many transportation departments plan to continue to fight for more money to improve the streets.

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