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TRIP Report Finds Cost of Poor Roads

Sunday, May 27, 2007   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nancy Brown
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The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) issued the following statement May 24 in response to the release of a report by The Road Information Program (TRIP) that found that poor roads cost Michigan travelers $7 billion annually in the form of traffic accidents, lost time and wasted fuel and additional vehicle operating costs due to deteriorated roads.


“The TRIP report underscores what every driver will rediscover this Memorial Day weekend or any other day: That sky-high gas prices won’t be the only pain in the wallet for anyone traveling on Michigan roads because every bump or pothole takes a toll on our bank accounts,” said Mike Nystrom, vice-president of government and public relations for MITA and co-chair of Michigan’s Transportation Team.


Nystrom said that the facts presented in the report send a strong message that immediate action is needed to provide additional funding for Michigan’s transportation system. He urged the state legislature and the Governor to act now on Michigan’s transportation funding crisis as we face an estimated annual shortage of $700 million for state-managed roads and another $2 billion at the local level.


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