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Rough Road Ahead

Michigan’s roads and bridges are crumbling fast, but Lansing has been unable to adequately fund even stopgap repairs, much less invest in ways to actually improve the transportation system. Is more money needed, or more belt-tightening?


Engler’s (political) road not taken

Gov. John Engler was urged by the business community to raise fuel taxes up to 12 cents a gallon to fix Michigan roads and bridges. He agreed to a 4-cent raise. It wasn’t enough over the long haul. Today, MDOT pays $240 million a year on a $2.5 billion debt to repair roads.