Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

June 10, 2014

Another View: Bridges, roads need to be given appropriate funds

Once the pride of our country, our nation’s highway system has seen better days.

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.

Grand Haven Tribune

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