A new annual roads and bridges report released by the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council on May 2, indicates that roads throughout Michigan are continuing to deteriorate.
According to Woodtv.com, the report notes that, for 2015, only 16 percent of roads are in good condition, 45 percent are in fair condition and 39 percent are considered to be in poor condition, which is more than in 2014. Eleven percent of state bridges were found to be structurally deficient, which is a higher percentage than other Midwest states.
In November, Michigan lawmakers approved a $1.2 billion roads plan to repair the deteriorating roads. The plan uses $600 million in general fund money, plus $400 million in additional fuel taxes and $200 million in registration fee increases.
The 7.3-cent-per-gallon increase in gasoline taxes and 11.3-cent-per-gallon increase in diesel fuel taxes, as well as a 20-percent hike in registration fees, will go into effect in January 2017.