Michigan roads


Road deal made by politicians who won’t face the consequences

November 10, 2015 | Phil Power

Fully half of the $1.2 billion road deal will have to be diverted from the state’s general fund, which means inevitable cuts to education, safety net benefits and the like. By that time, most of the architects of this deal will be out of office.

State road construction industry seeks funding certainty

September 20, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

A patchwork of temporary roads fixes makes companies hesitant to invest heavily in Michigan

Legislative preview: Lansing tackles teaching, roads and inmates

September 10, 2015 | Ron French

It’s back to work for Michigan’s Legislature. A Bridge guide to the biggest issues lawmakers are likely to face this fall

Swearing, sex and the path to a roads deal

August 31, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Lansing is getting rid of antiquated criminal laws and addressing the Courser and Gamrat mess. But a roads fix must wait until the fall.

Should electric vehicle owners pay higher fees to help fund state roads?

July 19, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

A state House bill is proposing EV owners pay up to $100 more in registration fees to help fund the state’s roads plan. Automakers counter that buyers should be given incentives to buy alternative-fuel cars, not penalties.

State roads legislation getting bumpier than the roads that need fixing

July 16, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

House Republicans adjourn for the week after failing to square their measure with a bill passed by the Senate.

House summer plans including watching Senate’s move on road funding

June 21, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Critics say legislative leaders should be meeting now with Gov. Snyder to hash out permanent roads fix for Michigan. But House prefers to wait to see what the Senate comes up with first.

Mackinac notes: A train to Traverse City; road funding; MEDC cuts

June 1, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Wish lists and bottom lines at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

A roads solution for Michigan

May 19, 2015 | Phil Power

Like the aftermath of a sudden spring snowstorm, the ground is blanketed with various proposals to fix Michigan’s roads. And most have something else in common with spring snow: They’re likely to have melted into the ground once the sun comes out.

Poll: Business community willing to pay more for better roads

May 18, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

Fuel or sales tax hikes are favored options among 300 Metro Detroit business owners and managers polled after Proposal 1 flopped on the state ballot this month.

Business blog: Lansing to begin fresh talk on roads bills

May 18, 2015 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Legislature will consider a Republican bill this week, with lengthy negotiations expected leading into the summer.

Good roads or bad, Proposal 1 hated equally across Michigan

May 7, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Think the counties with the poorest roads were more likely to vote yes? Think again. This is being called a historic defeat for a reason.

With roads measure crushed, a search for Plan B

May 6, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

With the resounding defeat of Proposal 1 on Tuesday, it's unclear how Michigan's deteriorating roads will be fixed.

Yes, fixing the roads is an urgent need, but no, Proposal 1 isn’t the way to do it

May 1, 2015 | Patrick L. Anderson

An economist lists the problems with Proposal 1, and finds them, as a whole, too worrisome to justify a yes vote on May 5.

Safe Roads Yes’ Proposal 1 ad gets a Truth Squad warning

April 30, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Most of the claims about the May 5 ballot question are generally based in fact. But this ad gilds the lily with its apocalyptic warning.