Bridges and roads need to be given appropriate funds

Once the pride of our country, our nation’s highway system has seen better days.
Jun 2, 2014
This is especially true here in Michigan, where it seems like everywhere you drive, there are examples of crumbling infrastructure.
 
From roads littered with potholes, to bridges that have reduced load limits due to poor structural integrity, there’s quite a big problem facing our state’s roads.
 
And a recent report issued by the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association indicates as much.
 
Statewide analysis by the association reviewed bridge conditions on 10,929 state and local bridges, and the results were not good news for our cars, or our bridges.
 
According to the report, 1 in 4 were either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. This should be unacceptable to Michigan taxpayers.
 
We must urge our lawmakers to make road funding a top priority. There is no reason why Michigan — considered by many to be a leader in the automotive world — should have such decrepit bridges and roads.
 
Our local Road Commission said they rely on funding from the state to make fixes to these bridges. 
 
Something needs to be done in Lansing to provide a better, more consistent funding stream so that our transit infrastructure gets the attention it deserves.
 
While special allocations here and there might get the job done of repairing what’s wrong right now, we should focus on getting a solution in place to make sure we can repair our roads and bridges on a consistent basis.
 
It’s the right thing to do. 
 
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Former Grandhavenite

It wasn't until living in several other parts of the country that I realized just how bad Michigan's roads are in general. I'd just assumed that huge potholes and cracked pavement were the standard everywhere.

To be fair, Michigan has to deal with the road-destroying freeze and thaw cycle and other issues that places further south don't need to worry about. Other northern states like Maine and Minnesota seem to have found a way to have good roads, so it can actually be done if the political will is there to invest in the infrastructure.

Mystic Michael

I dunno. Sounds like socialism to me.

Why, in my day we'd build our own highways, roads, streets & cul-de-sacs by hewing 'em right out of the woods, and scraping 'em right out of the fields. We'd make our own pavement by chewing up the rocks & stones, and spitting 'em out all over the road bed.

We'd defend 'em with our own muskets & blunderbusses, to make sure no poor people and other socialist ne'er do wells could use 'em. And we never needed no guvamint to tell us what to do. And that was all right with us!

Darned guvamint...

Lanivan

8;-D

Tri-cities realist

MM, so when did you make the drastic hard left turn?

Harry Kovaire

“At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child — miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.” ~ P.J. O'Rourke

It is similar to the brat who reports abuse to CPS because they didn't get ice cream before bedtime. Their undeveloped brains cannot distinguish between unbridled welfare statism and the legitimate responsibilities of limited government.

Tri-cities realist

Thanks for clearing that up, I understand him better now (although I really knew it awhile ago)

Back to the Wall

National socialism built Germany's Autobahn...

jokim2

Why get funding? The City, State and Townships should have been budgeting all along for these things, each and every year (that's why we pay taxes to begin with). Did they misappropriate the money. They want the big easy...send it back to the tax payers, wrong answer!!!

dyankee

Privatize MDOT and all county road commissions then, we'll talk funding.

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