Michigan voters will be faced with a Yes or No vote on Proposition 1 when they arrive at the polls on May 5.
Ballotpedia has a great rundown of the initiative available by clicking here. Those interested in voicing their support can do so via the Safe Roads Yes campaign by jumping in on the #SafeRoadsYes discussion on twitter.
How badly does Michigan need this? As a whole, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has given Michigan’s infrastructure a grade of D. Of note:
- 1,298 of the 11,022 bridges in Michigan (11.8%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 1,720 of the 11,022 bridges in Michigan (15.6%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- Michigan has 16,251 miles of major roads, 22% of which are in poor condition.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs Michigan motorists $3.8 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $538.96 per motorist.
According to the County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan, Nearly half of all local roads in the state rank below a “5”, and 37 percent are ranked at either a “3” or “4”, which indicates they are near failure. 140 miles of roads have also been returned to gravel because of lack of funding.
Michigan is a state in recovery. Investing now in roads will help create jobs, attract business, and ensure that the state’s road and bridge infrastructure does not become a further impediment to growth. We encourage residents of Michigan to Vote Yes on Prop 1.