Hate Michigan roads? Your neighbors’ may be way better. (with database)

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Michigan roads can go from awful to pretty good in just a couple of miles. The difference is often how willing local communities are to pitch in to counties to pay for upkeep. (File photo)

No doubt, Michigan’s roads are bad. But their degree of awfulness varies widely throughout the state, rankings show, and that could inform debate about whether a tax increase is necessary for repairs.

Republican legislators this week approved budgets that include $400 million in road and bridge spending, ignoring Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s call for nearly $2 billion in spending through a 45-cent gas tax increase.

A roads deal could come yet this fall, however, after the start of the Oct. 1 fiscal year. The urgency is caused in part because road conditions have deteriorated over the years and the percent rated “poor” has increased from 30 percent in 2008 to 41 percent last year, according to ratings from state and local officials and compiled by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

But those ratings aren’t uniform –  in counties both urban (Kent) and rural (Schoolcraft), roads get passing grades. While in other urban counties (Saginaw, Oakland) and rural ones (Manistee, Cheboygan), poor roads outnumber the good and fair roads combined.

“You will find pockets where people think it’s not as bad as it is,” said John Sellek, a public affairs consultant who long worked for former Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican who lost to Whitmer for governor last fall.

In some counties, Sellek noted, road conditions have been managed well.

 

Look no further than Barry and Eaton counties in west central Michigan. They share a border and both are mostly rural. Barry has the best rated roads in the state while Eaton has the second worst.

“It’s a source of great pride for the road commission,” said Jake Welch, operations director for Barry County. A dozen times a year, he said, residents thank the commission for their work, noting the county’s roads are better than their eastern neighbor. “I definitely notice it too,” Welch said.

Running for governor, Whitmer campaigned hard on fixing infrastructure, making “fix the damn roads” her mantra. But since her victory, her prescription for solving the problem with the largest gas tax in the nation has been rejected by Republicans and Democrats alike. 

Sellek said most everyone agrees the roads are bad –  but do not trust that a big tax increase will solve the enormity of the problem.

Republicans have acknowledged the roads need for more money but finding a palatable increase has proven difficult. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, has suggested the state has too many paved roads. In his county, Jackson, the percent of roads rated “poor” has nearly tripled in a decade to 33 percent, but that’s still below the state average.

Other GOP leaders live in counties with better roads too: House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, lives in Emmet County, where just over a third of roads are poor, again below the 41 percent statewide. And from 2008 to 2018, the percent of county roads rated “good” jumped from 16 percent to 29 percent.

(In Wayne and Oakland counties, the state’s most populous and the home of many of the state’s Democratic legislators, road conditions are worse than the state average.)

One solution: local funding

Welch said Barry County has only gotten by because local communities, including the 16 townships in the county, have pitched in to increase road funding. Five townships have special road taxes and the others dipped into general tax funds, he said.

Check out road conditions in your county, city or village

See how roads were rated in your community in 2018. Note: township roads are included in the countywide numbers. To see all roads in Kent County, for instance, type 'Kent' in the search box.

County,
city or village
Miles
of roads
% Good % Fair % Poor
Alcona
CountywideAlcona
616 14.6 47.4 38.1
Alger
CountywideAlger
601 22 51.7 26.3
Allegan
CountywideAllegan
1,522 23.4 32.8 43.8
Alpena
CountywideAlpena
658 29.6 43.7 26.6
Antrim
CountywideAntrim
643 19.3 24.1 56.6
Arenac
CountywideArenac
608 24.8 42.9 32.3
Baraga
CountywideBaraga
428 32.7 42.8 24.5
Barry
CountywideBarry
967 39.6 47.7 12.8
Bay
CountywideBay
1,290 17.3 37.5 45.2
Benzie
CountywideBenzie
506 32.9 25.3 41.8
Berrien
CountywideBerrien
1,940 13 30.2 56.8
Branch
CountywideBranch
990 11.4 46.3 42.3
Calhoun
CountywideCalhoun
1,721 20.8 41.5 37.7
Cass
CountywideCass
843 17.7 29.5 52.9
Charlevoix
CountywideCharlevoix
526 33 32.8 34.2
Cheboygan
CountywideCheboygan
880 11.1 24.8 64.1
Chippewa
CountywideChippewa
1,303 11.1 60.6 28.3
Clare
CountywideClare
581 20.3 55 24.7
Clinton
CountywideClinton
1,186 22.2 52.9 24.9
Crawford
CountywideCrawford
632 11 33.7 55.3
Delta
CountywideDelta
1,122 17.1 42 40.9
Dickinson
CountywideDickinson
662 17.1 28.5 54.4
Eaton
CountywideEaton
1,402 8.5 25.7 65.8
Emmet
CountywideEmmet
663 29 34.7 36.3
Genesee
CountywideGenesee
2,734 10 52.5 37.6
Gladwin
CountywideGladwin
567 21.9 50.7 27.5
Gogebic
CountywideGogebic
776 22.6 43.3 34.2
Grand Traverse
CountywideGrand Traverse
867 29.8 28.8 41.4
Gratiot
CountywideGratiot
869 29.6 47.5 22.9
Hillsdale
CountywideHillsdale
1,010 19.1 27 53.9
Houghton
CountywideHoughton
923 15.5 44.3 40.2
Huron
CountywideHuron
972 15.3 45.5 39.2
Ingham
CountywideIngham
1,844 17.4 37.8 44.8
Ionia
CountywideIonia
1,040 26.3 42.1 31.6
Iosco
CountywideIosco
678 14.2 41.1 44.7
Iron
CountywideIron
775 18.5 44.8 36.7
Isabella
CountywideIsabella
738 15.1 42.6 42.3
Jackson
CountywideJackson
1,748 23 43.7 33.3
Kalamazoo
CountywideKalamazoo
1,728 38.7 43.1 18.3
Kalkaska
CountywideKalkaska
606 16.7 37.7 45.6
Kent
CountywideKent
3,533 30 46.6 23.4
Keweenaw
CountywideKeweenaw
297 12.4 45.5 42.1
Lake
CountywideLake
582 19.1 19.6 61.3
Lapeer
CountywideLapeer
1,082 19.8 16.9 63.3
Leelanau
CountywideLeelanau
541 34.5 32 33.5
Lenawee
CountywideLenawee
1,427 26.4 38.3 35.3
Livingston
CountywideLivingston
1,362 22.7 37.4 39.9
Luce
CountywideLuce
370 16.8 69.9 13.4
Mackinac
CountywideMackinac
907 15.3 69.2 15.4
Macomb
CountywideMacomb
2,944 23.3 35.5 41.2
Manistee
CountywideManistee
755 8.7 23.8 67.5
Marquette
CountywideMarquette
1,049 22.5 52.2 25.3
Mason
CountywideMason
678 19 29.3 51.8
Mecosta
CountywideMecosta
860 21.4 37.8 40.7
Menominee
CountywideMenominee
1,140 12.1 38.1 49.9
Midland
CountywideMidland
1,120 30.1 49.3 20.6
Missaukee
CountywideMissaukee
569 29.6 35.3 35.1
Monroe
CountywideMonroe
1,467 36.7 32.2 31.1
Montcalm
CountywideMontcalm
1,091 31.1 23.5 45.4
Montmorency
CountywideMontmorency
464 13.8 47.1 39.1
Muskegon
CountywideMuskegon
1,475 32.3 27.3 40.4
Newaygo
CountywideNewaygo
907 20 23.2 56.8
Oakland
CountywideOakland
5,203 16.6 35.6 47.8
Oceana
CountywideOceana
728 33.4 20 46.6
Ogemaw
CountywideOgemaw
560 31.3 36.8 31.9
Ontonagon
CountywideOntonagon
748 32.4 38.5 29.1
Osceola
CountywideOsceola
816 22.1 41.5 36.4
Oscoda
CountywideOscoda
458 23.7 37.9 38.4
Otsego
CountywideOtsego
674 20.4 26.1 53.5
Ottawa
CountywideOttawa
1,616 21.7 47 31.3
Presque Isle
CountywidePresque Isle
690 11.5 45 43.5
Roscommon
CountywideRoscommon
683 11.4 40 48.6
Saginaw
CountywideSaginaw
1,973 14.9 30.2 54.9
Sanilac
CountywideSanilac
941 14.3 42.1 43.6
Schoolcraft
CountywideSchoolcraft
681 38.7 37.3 23.9
Shiawassee
CountywideShiawassee
1,049 11.1 52 36.8
St. Clair
CountywideSt. Clair
1,658 19.7 29.8 50.5
St. Joseph
CountywideSt. Joseph
1,023 14.8 42.5 42.7
Tuscola
CountywideTuscola
867 15.7 26.3 58
Van Buren
CountywideVan Buren
1,167 21.3 25.3 53.4
Washtenaw
CountywideWashtenaw
2,296 32.5 30.3 37.2
Wayne
CountywideWayne
7,255 15.8 39.2 45
Wexford
CountywideWexford
826 36 32.8 31.2
Adrian
CityLenawee
85 19.3 35.6 45
Albion
CityCalhoun
48 9.8 30.1 60.2
Algonac
CitySt. Clair
13 0.5 28 71.5
Allegan
CityAllegan
30 14.7 23.7 61.6
Allen Park
CityWayne
115 26.5 50.7 22.8
Alma
CityGratiot
4 51.6 43.4 5
Alpena
CityAlpena
64 15.6 32.5 51.9
Ann Arbor
CityWashtenaw
328 33.7 25.9 40.4
Au Gres
CityArenac
7 10.8 0 89.2
Auburn
CityBay
11 12.6 67.6 19.8
Auburn Hills
CityOakland
238 22.6 41.1 36.3
Bad Axe
CityHuron
8 11.8 45.8 42.4
Bangor
CityVan Buren
8 16.8 27.7 55.5
Battle Creek
CityCalhoun
292 20.8 58.4 20.8
Bay City
CityBay
134 6.1 45 48.9
Beaverton
CityGladwin
3 7.1 35.9 57
Belding
CityIonia
38 12.1 22.3 65.5
Belleville
CityWayne
8 14.9 51.8 33.3
Benton Harbor
CityBerrien
42 5.7 37.8 56.5
Berkley
CityOakland
30 8.9 38.3 52.8
Bessemer
CityGogebic
18 1.4 23 75.6
Big Rapids
CityMecosta
46 10.1 28.6 61.3
Birmingham
CityOakland
53 11.1 32.4 56.5
Bloomfield Hills
CityOakland
43 7.3 77.1 15.6
Boyne City
CityCharlevoix
20 9.3 51 39.7
Bridgman
CityBerrien
23 57.5 41.6 0.9
Brighton
CityLivingston
39 20.5 34.8 44.7
Bronson
CityBranch
7 27.7 28.6 43.7
Brown City
CityLapeer
3 0 0.2 99.8
Buchanan
CityBerrien
16 5.9 6.6 87.5
Burton
CityGenesee
188 17.9 29.5 52.6
Cadillac
CityWexford
75 5.2 21.6 73.2
Caro
CityTuscola
26 15.6 47.5 36.9
Carson City
CityMontcalm
5 0 48.4 51.6
Caseville
CityHuron
5 0 46.9 53.1
Caspian
CityIron
6 46 10.1 44
Cedar Springs
CityKent
9 21.8 58.6 19.6
Center Line
CityMacomb
34 23.6 48.4 27.9
Charlevoix
CityCharlevoix
12 13.3 16.8 69.9
Charlotte
CityEaton
50 9.2 32.1 58.8
Cheboygan
CityCheboygan
33 8.1 37.1 54.8
Chelsea
CityWashtenaw
23 24.1 14.5 61.4
Clare
CityClare
4 0 89.6 10.4
Clawson
CityOakland
26 42.1 35.2 22.7
Clio
CityGenesee
9 0 54.9 45.1
Coldwater
CityBranch
84 12.5 35.4 52.1
Coleman
CityMidland
6 5 49.8 45.2
Coloma
CityBerrien
8 17.1 10.5 72.4
Coopersville
CityOttawa
20 12.3 65 22.7
Corunna
CityShiawassee
18 19.6 63 17.3
Croswell
CitySanilac
3 0 87.9 12.1
Crystal Falls
CityIron
12 18.2 55 26.8
Davison
CityGenesee
14 8.8 61.8 29.5
Dearborn
CityWayne
404 13 54.4 32.6
Dearborn Heights
CityWayne
153 12.8 38.9 48.3
Detroit
CityWayne
2,939 13.1 38.1 48.8
Dewitt
CityClinton
16 35.1 56.3 8.5
Dexter
CityWashtenaw
10 37.4 32.4 30.2
Dowagiac
CityCass
35 5.9 35.3 58.8
Durand
CityShiawassee
12 9.2 51.1 39.7
East Grand Rapids
CityKent
23 34.2 31.1 34.6
East Jordan
CityCharlevoix
14 18.7 48.7 32.6
East Lansing
CityIngham
133 31.2 36.7 32
East Tawas
CityIosco
14 25.2 37.4 37.4
Eastpointe
CityMacomb
66 42 19.7 38.4
Eaton Rapids
CityEaton
20 20 36.6 43.4
Ecorse
CityWayne
20 0 7.2 92.8
Escanaba
CityDelta
91 15.9 36.4 47.7
Essexville
CityBay
10 0 79.8 20.2
Evart
CityOsceola
10 4.9 44.3 50.8
Farmington
CityOakland
41 0.8 17 82.3
Farmington Hills
CityOakland
355 30.3 27.9 41.8
Fennville
CityAllegan
5 0 15.5 84.5
Fenton
CityGenesee
60 6.6 60.1 33.3
Ferndale
CityOakland
51 15.5 21.3 63.2
Ferrysburg
CityOttawa
26 32.3 37.8 29.8
Flat Rock
CityWayne
39 12.6 28.1 59.3
Flint
CityGenesee
581 6.6 33.7 59.6
Flushing
CityGenesee
27 6.9 51.2 41.8
Frankenmuth
CitySaginaw
19 18.4 81.6 0
Frankfort
CityBenzie
5 7.7 0 92.3
Fraser
CityMacomb
60 12.5 61 26.5
Fremont
CityNewaygo
25 15.5 36.7 47.9
Gaastra
CityIron
5 1.6 0 98.4
Galesburg
CityKalamazoo
7 31.8 38.2 30
Garden City
CityWayne
75 1.1 55.3 43.5
Gaylord
CityOtsego
43 31.3 25.8 42.9
Gibraltar
CityWayne
19 12.7 44 43.3
Gladstone
CityDelta
51 12.8 56.3 30.9
Gladwin
CityGladwin
12 1.7 74 24.3
Gobles
CityVan Buren
4 9.2 0 90.8
Grand Blanc
CityGenesee
26 10.7 58.6 30.7
Grand Haven
CityOttawa
66 12.9 33.2 53.9
Grand Ledge
CityEaton
28 8.7 29.1 62.3
Grand Rapids
CityKent
597 34.3 50.7 15.1
Grandville
CityKent
112 28.9 30.2 40.9
Grant
CityNewaygo
5 0 50.1 49.9
Grayling
CityCrawford
14 24.6 29.2 46.2
Greenville
CityMontcalm
56 5.7 27.8 66.5
Grosse Pointe
CityWayne
12 6.7 33 60.3
Grosse Pointe Farms
CityWayne
26 2.1 21.7 76.2
Grosse Pointe Park
CityWayne
18 2 27.7 70.4
Grosse Pointe Woods
CityWayne
21 6.6 18.2 75.3
Hamtramck
CityWayne
32 3.4 43.3 53.3
Hancock
CityHoughton
26 18.8 47.9 33.4
Harbor Beach
CityHuron
6 31 62.2 6.8
Harbor Springs
CityEmmet
8 66.3 29.9 3.8
Harper Woods
CityWayne
39 6.1 48.1 45.9
Harrison
CityClare
1 0 76.7 23.3
Harrisville
CityAlcona
4 99.9 0 0.1
Hart
CityOceana
14 7.4 66.7 25.8
Hartford
CityVan Buren
7 18.2 23.8 58.1
Hastings
CityBarry
44 8.7 66.2 25.2
Hazel Park
CityOakland
64 7.1 41.6 51.4
Highland Park
CityWayne
64 1.8 58.5 39.7
Hillsdale
CityHillsdale
50 4.8 19.5 75.8
Holland
CityAllegan
175 25.6 50.2 24.2
Houghton
CityHoughton
31 41.8 26.5 31.7
Howell
CityLivingston
46 14.1 50.4 35.5
Hudson
CityLenawee
7 18.2 38.3 43.5
Hudsonville
CityOttawa
39 8.5 16.6 74.9
Huntington Woods
CityOakland
23 0.5 66.4 33.1
Imlay City
CityLapeer
20 0.7 42.6 56.7
Inkster
CityWayne
70 1.4 15 83.6
Ionia
CityIonia
35 22.2 57 20.8
Iron Mountain
CityDickinson
66 7.5 22.8 69.7
Iron River
CityIron
31 25.2 52.7 22.1
Ironwood
CityGogebic
53 33.1 34.4 32.4
Ishpeming
CityMarquette
40 33 40.2 26.8
Ithaca
CityGratiot
3 44.4 55.6 0
Jackson
CityJackson
147 9.7 43.5 46.7
Jonesville
CityHillsdale
19 0.3 65.8 33.9
Kalamazoo
CityKalamazoo
298 18.8 41.4 39.9
Keego Harbor
CityOakland
6 8.2 36.1 55.6
Kentwood
CityKent
216 25.1 54.6 20.3
Kingsford
CityDickinson
36 2.1 25.1 72.8
Laingsburg
CityShiawassee
6 0 43.1 56.9
Lake Angelus
CityOakland
2 0 0 100
Lake City
CityMissaukee
4 23 6.1 70.9
Lansing
CityIngham
467 10 27.6 62.4
Lapeer
CityLapeer
68 53.8 37.4 8.8
Lathrup Village
CityOakland
22 19.5 27.6 52.9
Leslie
CityIngham
5 2.5 37.1 60.5
Lincoln Park
CityWayne
99 11.7 76.8 11.5
Linden
CityGenesee
11 4.7 63.7 31.6
Litchfield
CityHillsdale
12 2.4 39.5 58
Livonia
CityWayne
464 25.1 23.8 51.1
Lowell
CityKent
24 28.9 56.5 14.6
Ludington
CityMason
42 26.5 15.9 57.7
Luna Pier
CityMonroe
6 0 28 72
Madison Heights
CityOakland
129 2 49.9 48.1
Manistee
CityManistee
41 38 14.5 47.5
Manistique
CitySchoolcraft
20 24.3 37 38.6
Manton
CityWexford
6 33.3 20 46.8
Marine City
CitySt. Clair
18 2.4 57.9 39.7
Marlette
CitySanilac
7 37.2 59.1 3.7
Marquette
CityMarquette
104 39.3 46.3 14.5
Marshall
CityCalhoun
45 32.8 35 32.2
Marysville
CitySt. Clair
58 7 55.6 37.3
Mason
CityIngham
49 15.1 70.7 14.2
McBain
CityMissaukee
5 43.2 7.6 49.2
Melvindale
CityWayne
40 0.3 37.8 61.9
Memphis
CityMacomb
6 17.8 27.8 54.4
Menominee
CityMenominee
61 29.4 25 45.5
Midland
CityMidland
300 27.1 35.3 37.6
Milan
CityMonroe
25 21.6 30 48.4
Monroe
CityMonroe
88 17.9 36 46.1
Montague
CityMuskegon
22 26.4 9.7 63.8
Montrose
CityGenesee
5 8.2 74.2 17.6
Morenci
CityLenawee
7 16 39.1 44.9
Mt Clemens
CityMacomb
53 16.7 56.1 27.2
Mt Morris
CityGenesee
14 27.1 31.1 41.8
Mt Pleasant
CityIsabella
61 6.7 52.3 41
Munising
CityAlger
19 8.8 6.5 84.7
Muskegon
CityMuskegon
174 36.3 34 29.7
Muskegon Heights
CityMuskegon
49 7.1 18.9 73.9
Negaunee
CityMarquette
43 24.6 62.5 13
New Baltimore
CityMacomb
24 0 56.3 43.7
New Buffalo
CityBerrien
9 16.9 63.5 19.6
Newaygo
CityNewaygo
15 4.3 29.4 66.2
Niles
CityBerrien
42 5 9.9 85.1
North Muskegon
CityMuskegon
14 34.9 43 22.1
Northville
CityWayne
20 2.5 39.6 57.9
Norton Shores
CityMuskegon
156 29.6 27.5 42.9
Norway
CityDickinson
23 5.5 22.3 72.2
Novi
CityOakland
250 21.2 34.6 44.2
Oak Park
CityOakland
60 4 60.1 35.9
Olivet
CityEaton
3 0 84.9 15.1
Omer
CityArenac
7 0 100 0
Onaway
CityPresque Isle
5 56.6 32.7 10.7
Orchard Lake Village
CityOakland
15 41.5 20 38.6
Otsego
CityAllegan
16 12.2 39.5 48.3
Ovid
CityClinton
3 3.4 96.6 0
Owosso
CityShiawassee
59 7.8 43.6 48.7
Parchment
CityKalamazoo
6 2.9 20.6 76.4
Perry
CityShiawassee
10 15.9 63.7 20.3
Petersburg
CityMonroe
3 1.3 29.8 68.9
Petoskey
CityEmmet
45 41.8 32.7 25.5
Pinconning
CityBay
6 0 65.8 34.2
Plainwell
CityAllegan
17 38.1 30.2 31.7
Pleasant Ridge
CityOakland
17 4.9 76 19.2
Plymouth
CityWayne
27 1.9 17.6 80.4
Pontiac
CityOakland
262 7 28.9 64.2
Port Huron
CitySt. Clair
130 17.6 30.3 52.2
Portage
CityKalamazoo
211 50.1 27.8 22.1
Portland
CityIonia
18 13.5 57.7 28.8
Potterville
CityEaton
12 12.9 19.9 67.2
Reading
CityHillsdale
4 0 29 71
Reed City
CityOsceola
10 2.6 22 75.5
Richmond
CityMacomb
14 0 74.7 25.3
River Rouge
CityWayne
14 0.4 96.3 3.3
Riverview
CityWayne
32 33.8 30.8 35.4
Rochester
CityOakland
21 23.5 38.1 38.4
Rochester Hills
CityOakland
227 36.1 33.1 30.8
Rockford
CityKent
21 31.4 50.2 18.4
Rockwood
CityWayne
20 48.6 28.4 23
Rogers City
CityPresque Isle
16 6.5 88.3 5.2
Romulus
CityWayne
300 23.2 38.2 38.5
Roosevelt Park
CityMuskegon
15 48.8 27.5 23.7
Rose City
CityOgemaw
4 33.4 49.3 17.3
Roseville
CityMacomb
178 22.5 45.6 31.9
Royal Oak
CityOakland
233 2.8 44.1 53.1
Saginaw
CitySaginaw
279 15.8 24.5 59.7
Saline
CityWashtenaw
31 45.7 4.1 50.2
Sandusky
CitySanilac
9 20.4 63.7 15.9
Saugatuck
CityAllegan
2 21.7 70.8 7.5
Sault Ste Marie
CityChippewa
98 19.1 42 38.9
Scottville
CityMason
8 13.2 39.1 47.7
South Haven
CityVan Buren
46 27.3 55.4 17.3
South Lyon
CityOakland
19 7.9 33.1 59
Southfield
CityOakland
417 22.8 36.4 40.8
Southgate
CityWayne
115 24.1 44 31.8
Springfield
CityCalhoun
42 6 63.8 30.1
St Clair
CitySt. Clair
26 7.5 51.7 40.8
St Clair Shores
CityMacomb
173 18.1 44.8 37.1
St Ignace
CityMackinac
25 3 81.2 15.8
St Johns
CityClinton
43 9.2 38.5 52.3
St Joseph
CityBerrien
51 6.3 42.7 51.1
St Louis
CityGratiot
3 45.6 33.6 20.8
Standish
CityArenac
9 29.3 69.2 1.5
Stanton
CityMontcalm
7 16.4 20.9 62.8
Stephenson
CityMenominee
7 35.7 44.4 19.9
Sterling Heights
CityMacomb
411 27.5 34.6 37.9
Sturgis
CitySt. Joseph
62 14.6 45.5 39.9
Swartz Creek
CityGenesee
44 29.1 46.6 24.4
Sylvan Lake
CityOakland
3 0 19.1 81
Tawas City
CityIosco
13 22.5 40.7 36.9
Taylor
CityWayne
274 21.2 43.3 35.6
Tecumseh
CityLenawee
42 24.9 22.4 52.7
Grosse Pointe Shores
CityWayne
13 0 86.4 13.6
Three Rivers
CitySt. Joseph
49 17.1 40.1 42.8
Traverse City
CityGrand Traverse
98 27.7 18 54.3
Trenton
CityWayne
62 34 39.8 26.2
Troy
CityOakland
358 14.4 41.5 44.1
Utica
CityMacomb
31 23.8 49.4 26.8
Vassar
CityTuscola
10 7.7 33.6 58.7
Village of Clarkston
CityOakland
5 0 37.5 62.5
Village of Douglas
CityAllegan
11 20.5 28.6 50.9
Wakefield
CityGogebic
23 8.5 58.9 32.6
Walker
CityKent
197 34.6 44 21.4
Walled Lake
CityOakland
26 8.5 17.2 74.3
Warren
CityMacomb
503 23.8 37.9 38.3
Watervliet
CityBerrien
9 2.7 43.7 53.6
Watervliet
CityBerrien
9 2.7 43.7 53.6
Wayland
CityAllegan
9 7.9 58.5 33.6
Wayne
CityWayne
76 7.7 41.3 51
West Branch
CityOgemaw
10 17.7 41.9 40.4
Westland
CityWayne
226 5.7 30.5 63.7
White Cloud
CityNewaygo
8 38.1 43.4 18.6
Whitehall
CityMuskegon
21 25.9 32 42.1
Whittemore
CityIosco
4 56.6 14.6 28.8
Williamston
CityIngham
16 3.5 36.3 60.2
Wixom
CityOakland
63 4.9 19.6 75.5
Woodhaven
CityWayne
60 47.8 14.6 37.6
Wyandotte
CityWayne
53 25.1 63.3 11.6
Wyoming
CityKent
300 23.8 48.5 27.7
Yale
CitySt. Clair
6 45.9 24.3 29.9
Ypsilanti
CityWashtenaw
76 22.6 21.9 55.5
Zeeland
CityOttawa
37 18 69.4 12.6
Addison
VillageLenawee
4 0 0 100
Ahmeek
VillageKeweenaw
1 0 0 100
Akron
VillageTuscola
2 0 100 0
Alanson
VillageEmmet
4 2.2 30.8 67
Allen
VillageHillsdale
3 0 0 100
Almont
VillageLapeer
6 55.4 0 44.6
Alpha
VillageIron
3 1.6 54 44.4
Armada
VillageMacomb
4 25.7 55.7 18.6
Ashley
VillageGratiot
0 100 0 0
Athens
VillageCalhoun
3 34.3 33 32.7
Augusta
VillageKalamazoo
4 2.7 35.9 61.4
Baldwin
VillageLake
9 4.5 34.9 60.6
Bancroft
VillageShiawassee
3 3.8 0 96.2
Baraga
VillageBaraga
15 3.2 79.2 17.6
Baroda
VillageBerrien
4 16.8 0 83.2
Barryton
VillageMecosta
3 0 20.9 79.1
Barton Hills
VillageWashtenaw
1 0 0 100
Bear Lake
VillageManistee
2 0 8.9 91.1
Bellaire
VillageAntrim
6 16.7 26.2 57.1
Bellevue
VillageEaton
5 0 0 100
Benzonia
VillageBenzie
7 62.9 7.4 29.7
Berrien Springs
VillageBerrien
10 30.6 57.4 12
Beulah
VillageBenzie
4 41.9 0 58.1
Beverly Hills
VillageOakland
22 21.1 16.8 62.2
Bingham Farms
VillageOakland
10 81.5 6 12.4
Birch Run
VillageSaginaw
8 75.7 22.8 1.5
Blissfield
VillageLenawee
16 8.6 75.2 16.2
Bloomingdale
VillageVan Buren
4 41.1 19.9 39
Boyne Falls
VillageCharlevoix
3 0 12.9 87.1
Breckenridge
VillageGratiot
4 0 86.5 13.5
Breedsville
VillageVan Buren
3 13.8 0 86.2
Britton
VillageLenawee
4 39.6 60.4 0
Brooklyn
VillageJackson
9 0 60.8 39.3
Buckley
VillageWexford
5 51 9.8 39.2
Burlington
VillageCalhoun
4 0 38.6 61.4
Burr Oak
VillageSt. Joseph
7 0 14.1 85.9
Byron
VillageShiawassee
3 0 8.1 91.9
Caledonia
VillageKent
5 6.6 34.9 58.6
Calumet
VillageHoughton
3 24.8 23 52.3
Camden
VillageHillsdale
4 0 28.4 71.6
Capac
VillageSt. Clair
5 2.7 37.4 59.9
Carleton
VillageMonroe
3 96.9 3.1 0
Carney
VillageMenominee
5 0 64 36
Carsonville
VillageSanilac
2 0 68 32
Casnovia
VillageKent
6 23.2 63 13.8
Cass City
VillageTuscola
8 0 39.9 60.1
Cassopolis
VillageCass
12 32.1 30 38
Cement City
VillageLenawee
4 0 100 0
Central Lake
VillageAntrim
7 3.5 5 91.5
Centreville
VillageSt. Joseph
9 9.5 11 79.5
Chatham
VillageAlger
8 0 67.7 32.3
Chesaning
VillageSaginaw
8 62.7 14.5 22.8
Clarksville
VillageIonia
3 16.8 49.7 33.6
Clayton
VillageLenawee
3 0 35 65
Clifford
VillageLapeer
5 6.1 10.4 83.5
Climax
VillageKalamazoo
4 20.7 79.3 0
Clinton
VillageLenawee
9 2.9 34.8 62.3
Colon
VillageSt. Joseph
7 0 40.4 59.6
Columbiaville
VillageLapeer
5 4.1 21.1 74.9
Concord
VillageJackson
7 38 40.3 21.7
Constantine
VillageSt. Joseph
9 3.8 66.6 29.5
Copemish
VillageManistee
6 20.4 8.5 71.2
Copper City
VillageHoughton
1 0 8.9 91.1
Custer
VillageMason
4 0 24.6 75.4
Daggett
VillageMenominee
6 43 0 57
Dansville
VillageIngham
4 0 22 78
Decatur
VillageVan Buren
8 6.8 67.7 25.5
Deckerville
VillageSanilac
0 0 0 100
Deerfield
VillageLenawee
4 3.5 43.7 52.8
Detour
VillageChippewa
8 0 55.3 44.7
Dimondale
VillageEaton
4 10.9 33.1 56.1
Dryden
VillageLapeer
2 27.3 36.3 36.4
Dundee
VillageMonroe
28 31.9 29.4 38.7
Eagle
VillageClinton
1 31 69 0
Eastlake
VillageManistee
7 0 35.1 64.9
Eau Claire
VillageBerrien
4 9.9 0 90.1
Edmore
VillageMontcalm
7 4 44.8 51.3
Edwardsburg
VillageCass
8 0 50.1 49.9
Elberta
VillageBenzie
4 55.2 0 44.8
Elk Rapids
VillageAntrim
9 8.9 10.1 81
Elkton
VillageHuron
2 0 97.6 2.4
Ellsworth
VillageAntrim
6 28.4 16.7 54.9
Elsie
VillageClinton
4 0 56.7 43.3
Emmett
VillageSt. Clair
5 0 50 50
Empire
VillageLeelanau
5 28 34 38
Estral Beach
VillageMonroe
1 0 34.4 65.6
Fairgrove
VillageTuscola
3 17.9 0 82.1
Farwell
VillageClare
4 50.8 20.8 28.4
Fife Lake
VillageGrand Traverse
4 0 4.1 95.9
Forestville
VillageSanilac
2 0 100 0
Fountain
VillageMason
2 0 49.2 50.8
Fowler
VillageClinton
7 72.7 12.6 14.7
Fowlerville
VillageLivingston
9 7 29.8 63.1
Franklin
VillageOakland
13 34.6 12.4 53
Freeport
VillageBarry
3 0 66.6 33.4
Freesoil
VillageMason
3 6.4 18.9 74.7
Fruitport
VillageMuskegon
6 9.6 50.5 39.9
Gagetown
VillageTuscola
2 0 51.1 48.9
Gaines
VillageGenesee
3 8.9 25 66.1
Galien
VillageBerrien
3 0.4 66.9 32.7
Garden
VillageDelta
3 0 27.4 72.6
Goodrich
VillageGenesee
10 18.6 62.1 19.3
Grand Beach
VillageBerrien
3 0 0 100
Grass Lake
VillageJackson
4 0 100 0
Hanover
VillageJackson
3 0 100 0
Harrietta
VillageWexford
3 2.6 56.3 41.1
Hersey
VillageOsceola
4 0.9 13.8 85.3
Hesperia
VillageOceana
7 47.4 28 24.6
Hillman
VillageMontmorency
6 32.9 0.4 66.7
Holly
VillageOakland
16 0 13.7 86.3
Homer
VillageCalhoun
7 3.6 72.9 23.5
Honor
VillageBenzie
4 0 0 100
Hopkins
VillageAllegan
1 0 0 100
Howard City
VillageMontcalm
8 27.1 15.8 57.1
Hubbardston
VillageIonia
5 8.7 57.1 34.3
Kaleva
VillageManistee
3 0 11.5 88.5
Kalkaska
VillageKalkaska
11 4.7 18.9 76.5
Kent City
VillageKent
10 29.8 2.5 67.7
Kinde
VillageHuron
2 0 0.9 99.1
Kingsley
VillageGrand Traverse
5 37.9 18.1 44
Kingston
VillageTuscola
4 49.9 0 50.1
Lake Ann
VillageBenzie
4 32.6 41.2 26.3
Lake Linden
VillageHoughton
3 0 93.1 6.9
Lake Odessa
VillageIonia
6 12.8 81.7 5.5
Lake Orion
VillageOakland
6 0 90.9 9.1
Lakeview
VillageMontcalm
5 0 4.4 95.6
Lakewood Club
VillageMuskegon
10 19.1 14.1 66.8
Lanse
VillageBaraga
9 9 91 0
Laurium
VillageHoughton
6 24.9 27.7 47.5
Lawrence
VillageVan Buren
8 0 28.8 71.2
Lawton
VillageVan Buren
10 24.7 23.4 51.9
Lennon
VillageShiawasee
4 0 100 0
Leonard
VillageOakland
4 0 0 100
Leroy
VillageOsceola
6 0 60.5 39.5
Lexington
VillageSanilac
5 0 32.2 67.8
Lincoln
VillageAlcona
5 17.3 17.8 64.9
Luther
VillageLake
6 0 36.8 63.2
Lyons
VillageIonia
5 62.9 12.8 24.3
Mackinaw City
VillageEmmet
22 28.5 32.3 39.2
Mancelona
VillageAntrim
7 54.4 21 24.5
Manchester
VillageWashtenaw
9 40 48.5 11.4
Maple Rapids
VillageClinton
5 0 20.8 79.2
Marcellus
VillageCass
4 0 64.4 35.6
Marion
VillageOsceola
4 36.1 24.5 39.4
Martin
VillageAllegan
4 50 45.5 4.5
Mattawan
VillageVan Buren
24 35.2 20.4 44.4
Maybee
VillageMonroe
5 59.5 10.4 30
Mayville
VillageTuscola
5 7.4 23.9 68.7
McBride
VillageMontcalm
2 11.4 0 88.6
Mecosta
VillageMecosta
4 0 81.5 18.5
Melvin
VillageSanilac
2 0 100 0
Mendon
VillageSt. Joseph
4 70.2 29.8 0
Merrill
VillageSaginaw
5 62.8 37.2 0
Mesick
VillageWexford
6 17.9 24 58
Metamora
VillageLapeer
3 0 57.4 42.6
Middleville
VillageBarry
11 25.2 57.1 17.7
Milford
VillageOakland
15 17.1 26.1 56.8
Millersburg
VillagePresque Isle
3 0 0 100
Millington
VillageTuscola
4 0 35.9 64.1
Montgomery
VillageHillsdale
4 6.3 79.2 14.4
Morley
VillageMecosta
4 15.1 35.3 49.7
Morrice
VillageShiawassee
6 0 0.7 99.3
Muir
VillageIonia
4 16.9 58.9 24.2
Mulliken
VillageEaton
3 0 69.6 30.4
Nashville
VillageBarry
7 0 79 21
New Era
VillageOceana
5 0 77.1 22.9
New Haven
VillageMacomb
13 16 6.3 77.6
New Lothrop
VillageShiawassee
2 0 100 0
Newberry
VillageLuce
4 14.4 64.9 20.7
North Adams
VillageHillsdale
3 15.1 23.5 61.5
North Branch
VillageLapeer
4 20.2 0 79.8
Northport
VillageLeelanau
6 24.1 26 49.8
Oakley
VillageSaginaw
2 0 0 100
Onekama
VillageManistee
4 0 0 100
Onsted
VillageLenawee
4 0 75.4 24.6
Ontonagon
VillageOntonagon
14 22.5 77.5 0
Ortonville
VillageOakland
6 0 67.3 32.7
Otisville
VillageGenesee
3 0 74.3 25.7
Otter Lake
VillageLapeer
3 0 60.5 39.5
Owendale
VillageHuron
0 0 100 0
Oxford
VillageOakland
7 14.6 1.5 83.9
Parma
VillageJackson
3 5.6 56.5 37.9
Paw Paw
VillageVan Buren
29 22.2 35.2 42.6
Peck
VillageSanilac
4 0 24.9 75.1
Pellston
VillageEmmet
6 17.1 61.3 21.6
Pentwater
VillageOceana
6 19.2 42.2 38.7
Perrinton
VillageGratiot
1 50 0 50
Pewamo
VillageIonia
4 0 100 0
Pierson
VillageMontcalm
2 0 100 0
Pigeon
VillageHuron
3 0 59.9 40.1
Pinckney
VillageLivingston
10 5.2 0 94.8
Port Austin
VillageHuron
4 19.6 38.9 41.5
Port Hope
VillageHuron
4 0 0 100
Port Sanilac
VillageSanilac
6 100 0 0
Posen
VillagePresque Isle
4 50.5 49.5 0
Powers
VillageMenominee
5 0 33 67
Prescott
VillageOgemaw
4 0 83.2 16.8
Quincy
VillageBranch
7 0 69.6 30.4
Ravenna
VillageMuskegon
6 2.1 0 97.9
Reese
VillageTuscola
4 51.6 6.7 41.7
Richland
VillageKalamazoo
7 37.4 20.8 41.8
Romeo
VillageMacomb
14 13.8 25.5 60.7
Roscommon
VillageRoscommon
15 28.9 52.4 18.7
Rosebush
VillageIsabella
8 9.1 48.6 42.3
Rothbury
VillageOceana
4 100 0 0
Sand Lake
VillageKent
4 37.6 0 62.5
Sanford
VillageMidland
5 23.3 35.6 41.1
Saranac
VillageIonia
6 0 79.9 20
Schoolcraft
VillageKalamazoo
8 0 73.7 26.3
Sebewaing
VillageHuron
2 24.1 25.7 50.2
Shelby
VillageOceana
10 15.6 46 38.3
Shepherd
VillageIsabella
5 10.8 27.5 61.8
Sheridan
VillageMontcalm
5 21.8 6.3 71.9
Sherwood
VillageBranch
5 0 64.7 35.3
Shoreham
VillageBerrien
5 18.1 0 81.9
South Range
VillageHoughton
2 56.1 43.9 0
South Rockwood
VillageMonroe
20 37.1 29.5 33.3
Sparta
VillageKent
10 20.3 23.6 56.2
Spring Lake
VillageOttawa
16 6.8 50.6 42.6
Springport
VillageJackson
5 41 59 0
St Charles
VillageSaginaw
6 0 97.2 2.8
Stanwood
VillageMecosta
2 0 8.7 91.3
Sterling
VillageArenac
7 72.5 5.1 22.3
Stevensville
VillageBerrien
18 35.9 5 59.1
Stockbridge
VillageIngham
6 13.4 1 85.6
Sunfield
VillageEaton
4 0 49.5 50.5
Suttons Bay
VillageLeelanau
6 23.2 23.3 53.4
Tekonsha
VillageCalhoun
8 16.4 61.6 22
Thompsonville
VillageBenzie
4 49.5 0 50.5
Three Oaks
VillageBerrien
5 13 18.9 68.2
Turner
VillageArenac
2 0 0 100
Tustin
VillageOsceola
1 49.7 50.3 0
Twining
VillageArenac
4 0 49.2 50.8
Ubly
VillageHuron
3 38.8 26.9 34.3
Union City
VillageBranch
8 11 11 78.1
Unionville
VillageTuscola
5 75.7 20.7 3.6
Vandalia
VillageCass
4 0 66.9 33.1
Vanderbilt
VillageOtsego
11 18 9.7 72.3
Vermontville
VillageEaton
5 40.3 0 59.7
Vernon
VillageShiawassee
6 13.5 53.9 32.6
Vicksburg
VillageKalamazoo
8 12.5 75.2 12.3
Village of Lake Isabella
VillageIsabella
6 12.5 68.5 19
Waldron
VillageHillsdale
3 32.9 0 67.1
Walkerville
VillageOceana
4 18.4 64.1 17.5
Webberville
VillageIngham
11 5.9 52.7 41.4
Westphalia
VillageClinton
4 47.2 49.8 3
White Pigeon
VillageSt. Joseph
9 0 41.9 58.1
Wolverine
VillageCheboygan
6 10.8 64.2 25
Wolverine Lake
VillageOakland
6 5.6 29.6 64.7
Woodland
VillageBarry
4 0 50.4 49.6

Source: Michigan's Transportation Asset Management Council

As state funding stood nearly stagnant for almost 20 years, from 1997 until the 2015 roads deal that raised the gas tax, road maintenance costs rose markedly, Welch said. Without the townships pitching in “we would have been in big trouble,” he said.

The townships contribute roughly $1.5 million, or 15 to 20 percent of the road commission’s budget, Welch said.

Statewide, not all townships, cities and villages have dedicated road taxes. Statewide, 32 have dedicated property taxes for roads, fewer than half of the state’s 83 counties.

Trying to find a simple reason why Barry is better than Eaton is hard. Eaton County has a roads tax yet 66 percent of roads in the county were rated “poor”. Barry does not have a countywide millage and only 13 percent got a poor rating; 40 percent were rated “good”.

Welch’s counterpart in Eaton County, Blair Ballou, said he’s envious of his neighboring county’s help from townships. He said that’s one reason Barry County has better roads. 

But Eaton County voters narrowly approved a road tax in 2014 and Ballou said the money, about $4 million a year, along with increased state funding from the 2015 roads deal, is allowing the county to repair and replace many more miles of road.

“Now that we have the millage it’s really getting things done,” he said.

Bad for you, good for some

In Dickinson County in the Upper Peninsula, drivers may hate the poor roads (12th worst –  54 percent rated “poor”), but it works out for for B&B Tire in Ironwood, on the far western edge of the Upper Peninsula.

Every spring, during the thaw from the long U.P. winter, the shop is filled with customers spending money on new tires and alignments.

“The bad roads are good for our business,” said Kevin Barglind, manager of the shop, “but I have people (coming) in here all the time complaining. Nobody understands why they’re so bad.”

While politicians in Lansing argue over finding the money, be it $400 million (the GOP leaders) or $1.9 billion (Whitmer), the figures are smaller –  and easier to understand: the cost of a new set of tires or the price of an alignment, but the solution is just as evasive as it is 500 miles south in Michigan’s capital.

“People don’t know who to blame,” Barglind said. “They just know they (the roads) are bad and they don’t know how to fix them.”

Dickinson County abuts Wisconsin in the far western edge of the Upper Peninsula and the difference offers a stark contrast to Barglind. “We’re two miles from the Wisconsin border,” Barglind said. “I don’t know what their tax (rate) is, but their roads are far superior to ours.”

According to MDOT, Wisconsin spends double, annually, on road funding: $302 per person compared to $154 per person in Michigan.

City roads vary too

When it comes to the roads in the state’s cities and villages, the disparity is wide. In Inkster, a poor community in Wayne County, more than 80 percent of the city’s 70 miles of roads are rated poor. Yet a few miles away in Woodhaven, it’s 38 percent  – and 48 percent are considered in good condition.

So, too, is that wide gap found in Oakland County: Wixom has some of the worst roads (76 percent poor) while Rochester Hills has more good roads than fair or poor.

Oddly, the city of Lapeer has the best rated roads –  54 percent rated “good” – yet the county as a whole has some of the worst, overall with 63 percent rated “poor.”

 

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Comments

Kevin Grand
Thu, 09/26/2019 - 7:20am

Instead of focusing on "whether or not a tax increase is necessary", is there any particular reason why there is this aversion in the media to reporting on why roads are not lasting in the first place?

It appears to be THE question no one wants to ask.

Roger Martin
Thu, 09/26/2019 - 9:50am

To your point: while this particular Bridge story does not report on the perception that roads are not lasting, in recent years, there have been a bunch of stories in Michigan media (mostly the daily newspapers ... the few left) on the various factors that contribute to how long a road "lasts." Factors include the initial design specs for the job (largely related to what the customer ... the government that needs the road ... has in terms of funding for the project), whether the road will be asphalt or concrete (concrete will last longer), whether the government agency/community/state has the budget to complete the proper and necessary maintenance to a road in the years after it's built, and more. Most state highways are built to last 20 years ... again, assuming there are funds to execute the proper maintenance to the road in the years after it's built. It's estimated that a 30-year road will cost 50-100% more than a 20-year road, and a 30-year road will cost up to 150% more. While there have been a handful of examples of "shoddy" construction, those examples are very few and far between. And to those who suggest we should build roads to last 30+ years, I would simply note that Michigan Legislatures for the past three decades have failed to provide adequate funding to fix the roads we have today let alone providing funding to build far more expensive roads.

Kevin Grand
Thu, 09/26/2019 - 12:29pm

That is all well and good, Mr. Martin.

But it doesn't address how I-75 in Oakland County (barely 2 years old) "needed" energency repairs last winter.

Or how, I-696, in which MDOT made a big to-do that it was finished last year, felt it necessary to lug out the orange barrels this year and do it all over again over the spring and summer.

Politicians don't place any value on what Michigan Taxpayers do to earn the money the so cavalierly throw away.

middle of the mit
Fri, 09/27/2019 - 7:49pm

I think Bridge and others already told you. We pay less than anyone else for our road repair.

{As state funding stood nearly stagnant for almost 20 years, from 1997 until the 2015 roads deal that raised the gas tax, road maintenance costs rose markedly, Welch said. Without the townships pitching in “we would have been in big trouble,” he said.}

Are you going to blame the road builders for their markable cost raise?

(Dickinson County abuts Wisconsin in the far western edge of the Upper Peninsula and the difference offers a stark contrast to Barglind. “We’re two miles from the Wisconsin border,” Barglind said. “I don’t know what their tax (rate) is, but their roads are far superior to ours.”}

According to MDOT, Wisconsin spends double, annually, on road funding: $302 per person compared to $154 per person in Michigan.}

Republicans need to give more tax cuts, tax abatement's and or other property tax breaks to big box stores to keep them here that didn't and don't go to the local business that those businesses are replacing. That's literally lost tax revenue.

But hey, it will trickle down, won't it?

Trickle down for 30 plus years and we are still waiting in the hinterlands where it is 60+ %GOP .

Let us do what Mike Shirkey wants us to do!

Go Gravel!!

You don't mind it, if when up north, YOUR car get it's paint chipped in multiple and continuous places?

Isn't it funny how a paint chip to an otherwise tool, gets some people chastised?

Would you then complain to Mr Shirkey?

Or would you blame dems?

Roger Martin
Thu, 09/26/2019 - 9:24am

So when the city (Lapeer) with the "best" roads in the state has 53.8% (barely half) of its roads in "good" shape, that's shameful and embarrassing. But no, we don't need new revenues for infrastructure. Let's take the $2.5 billion a year, every year for the next couple of decades, that all experts agree is needed to fix Michigan's roads out of the state's barely $10 billion general fund budget. Let's "reprioritize!" We can do it by closing some universities, community colleges and public schools, throwing a few hundred thousand people off Medicaid, completely cutting off revenue sharing to cities, and shutting down a couple/few state departments (perhaps state police, DNR/DEQ). Obviously I'm being facetious....

Paul Jordan
Thu, 09/26/2019 - 10:47am

We don't pay enough in taxes to pay for all the priorities that Michiganders have for government--period. Until that is corrected, we will continue our slide to truly become Michissippi.
Having said that, I'd like to point out the example of the stretch of US 31 from Grand Haven to Ludington. Portions of this stretch of road gets repaved every few years, and are (actually)! dangerously smooth. (The recently paved stretches between Whitehall and Winston Rd. are so smooth that they become skating rinks under freezing conditions.) We joke that the slightest divot provokes repaving of the entire stretch! Why does this particular road get so much care, when most of our roads are so neglected?
Also, Mr. Shirkey thinks that we should have more local gravel roads. He needn't worry: Paved rural roads are gradually devolving to become gravel roads under the continuing neglect of the Republican legislature.

Otto
Sat, 09/28/2019 - 9:01am

Oh, now I get it. The second ”roads” is silent.