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March 17, 2009


Poll shows support for investment in MI roads: 78 percent of MiI voters say roads in poor or bad condition


Nearly three fourths of Michigan taxpayers are calling on the state government to invest in Michigan’s crumbling roads, according to the results of a recent poll.


The latest Marketing Resource Group (MRG) poll found 70 percent of respondents say it is necessary to invest in Michigan’s transportation infrastructure and spend more money on roads. Half of those polled, 50 percent, would also be willing to pay an additional $5-$10 a month to fix Michigan’s roads and bridges to keep drivers safe, as long as they knew the money was guaranteed to specifically fund transportation projects.


“These numbers show it is time for Michigan’s legislature to act,” said Mike Nystrom, vice president of government and public relations for the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation System (MITA). “Our infrastructure is crumbling, and Michigan taxpayers no longer will settle for pothole riddled roads and unsafe bridges, they want an investment in our roads.”


The MRG poll also shows that 78 percent of respondents feel that the current state of Michigan’s roads are in poor/bad condition, with only 5 percent stating Michigan’s roads were in good condition and 0 percent stating they were in excellent condition.


“Drivers across the state are feeling the effects due to the lack of transportation funding with every pothole they inevitably run over,” said Nystrom. “This is the worst pothole season we have ever had and it is taking its toll on Michigan drivers. They are fed up.”


Additionally the poll showed 80 percent of respondents agreed that fixing Michigan’s crumbling roads and maintaining a safe transportation system would help bring jobs to Michigan and revive the struggling economy.


“While the stimulus money out of Washington has been helpful, it doesn’t begin to address the full extent of the funding gap,” said Nystrom. “The time is now to make a sound investment in Michigan’s transportation system. If adequate long term road funding is truly a priority then the state legislature must act now, before our roads become impassable.”


MITA represents a broad spectrum of highway construction companies and suppliers that help build a better Michigan infrastructure from the bottom up. They have been a leading voice for securing adequate transportation funding at the federal and state levels.




The poll was conducted by Marketing Resource Group between March 4 and 10 among a random sample of 600 likely voters in Michigan. Given the sample size of 600 and the method of random selection, the statistical margin of error can be reliably set at plus or minus 4.1 percent within a 95 percent degree of confidence.


February 12, 2009


Road Group Offers Cash for Pothole Pictures


A coalition working to secure more funding to fix Michigan’s roads and bridges today announced they are kicking off their third annual contest to identify the worst potholes in Michigan. The Michigan Transportation Team (MTT) will be awarding $318 in cash for drivers who submit pictures of the worst teeth-rattling potholes in the state.


Driving on crumbling and congested roads costs each Michigan motorist an average of $318 per year, according to The Road Information Program (TRIP) out of Washington D.C.


“There are some real rim-busters out there already, and it’s only February,” said Mike Nystrom, vice president of government and public relations for the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) and co-chair of the Michigan Transportation Team. “We thought last year was bad, but we’ve got a rough spring in store.”


Due to the stiff competition, the MTT will be awarding four regional winners this year in northern, western, southeastern and central Michigan.


To enter, residents must take a picture of the worst potholed road or crumbling bridge and upload it to The general public can vote on their favorite choices and pothole contest winners will be decided on March 30.


“The contest is a fun way to highlight a serious problem, but there is nothing fun about dodging enormous potholes and driving on dangerous roads,” said Nystrom.


The contest is part of an ongoing effort to educate policymakers that the dire condition of Michigan’s roads are a serious threat to public safety and a roadblock to business development in the state. MTT is pushing to end legislative inaction and asking legislators to address the lack of transportation funding that puts Michigan drivers at risk.


A recent study by the Michigan Transportation Funding Task Force (TF2) says that the state needs to double its transportation funding from $3 billion a year to $6 billion a year in order to make just basic improvements in pavement conditions and congestion. The dire needs of our roads and bridges is due to decades of neglect. Now, the situation is getting even worse because gas tax revenues are plummeting. Since 2002, revenues have declined by almost 12 percent.


“We’re turning a negative into a positive; hit a giant pothole and you could be $318 richer,” Nystrom said.


MTT is a broad-based, bi-partisan partnership of business, labor, local government, associations and citizens linked with the common goal of improving Michigan’s transportation infrastructure. The DriveMI campaign is committed to promoting the development and maintenance of a safe, convenient and efficient transportation network that serves the public, private and economic development needs of Michigan.


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