Thirteen percent of Michigan’s bridges are currently structurally deficient and in need of repair, rehabilitation or replacement. Under current funding levels, the share of structurally deficient bridge will rise to 17 percent by 2022. But if adequate funding were made available to significantly improve bridge conditions, the share of structurally deficient bridges would be reduced to eight percent by 2022. The current cost to repair all structurally deficient bridges in Michigan is $1.4 billion. By 2022, bridges will have further deteriorated and the cost to repair them would rise to $2.2 billion. If funding were made available over the next decade to improve bridge conditions, the 2022 repair costs would decrease to $1 billion.
Highway safety can also be improved with additional transportation funding. Under current funding formulas, the number of traffic fatalities in Michigan from 2012 to 2022 is anticipated to be 7,955. If the state’s investment in roadway safety improvements was adequate to achieve significant safety improvements on these routes, it is projected that the number of traffic fatalities in Michigan from 2012 to 2022 would drop to 7,000 -- 955 fewer deaths than under current funding formulas.
In 2010, 31 percent of Michigan’s major urban roads and highways experienced congestion. Based on current levels of funding available for projects that would alleviate traffic congestion in Michigan, congestion levels over the next decade are projected to remain the same. However, Michigan could nearly eliminate congestion over the next decade if the state invested at a level needed to significantly improve traffic flow.
“Michiganders have an opportunity to literally decide where their state is going based on the transportation investment decisions made over the next decade,” said Will Wilkins, executive director of TRIP. “Michigan must decide whether its future will be one of well-maintained, safe and efficient roads, highways and bridges supporting the state’s economic recovery or a state of further deteriorated roads, highways and bridges, a less than optimal level of roadway safety, and a congested transportation system that is inadequate to support the state’s economic development goals.”