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Thursday, September 20, 2007   (0 Comments)
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The collapse of a Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis last week should alert Michigan leaders to needed road and bridge repairs here, backers of an uphill campaign to increase the state gas tax said Wednesday.

Mike Nystrom, co-chairman of the Michigan Transportation Team, said more than 3,000 state bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. There are weight restrictions on more than 1,100 bridges in cities, townships and villages whose revenue sharing from the state has been curtailed as a result of budget problems, his coalition said.

"Unfortunately, crumbling bridges and deteriorated roads are fast becoming another far less flattering symbol of our state," said Nystrom, who also is vice president of government and public relations for a road industry group, the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.

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