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Heard on Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson

Study: Bad Roads Cost Michiganders $14 Billion Each Year

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The study suggests a 45-cent gas gas increase could actually save motorists hundreds of dollars each year.

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A new study says Michigan’s crumbling roads cost motorists over $14 billion a year in added costs due to vehicle damage, congestion-related delays, and auto accidents. The study was conducted by the national transportation research nonprofit TRIP.

In the Detroit area, drivers pay an average of $824 dollars a year in added vehicle operating costs, not including safety and congestion costs, according to the report. That’s compared to less than $300 dollars per year Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expects the average person to pay under her proposed gas tax increase.

Could those numbers convince more Michiganders to get behind a large tax increase to help fix the roads?

Rocky Moretti is the director of policy and research with TRIP. He joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about the report.

Listeners also call in to express their thoughts on the study, how much crumbling roads are costing them, and whether they support a large gas tax increase.

Click on the audio player above to hear that conversation.


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