The state’s poor overall road conditions worsened in 2018, according to the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council.
For the 14th year, the Transportation Asset Management Council’s (TAMC) Michigan 2018 Annual Road and Bridge Report rated the pavement condition of the paved federal-aid eligible roads in the state.
“The report reveals further deterioration of Michigan’s federal aid eligible roads as there are more miles rated as poor than fair,” said TAMC Chair Joanna I. Johnson.
Among the 88,000 miles of paved Michigan roads that are eligible for federal aid, experts rated 41% in “poor” condition, 38% in “fair” condition, and 21% in “good” condition. In 2017, the breakdown was 40% poor, 40% fair, and 20% good.
In comparison, Huron County 924 sections of roads rated in 2018 — covering the southern half of the county — came in at 33% poor, 33% fair, and 34% good. In 2017, 892 sections in the northern half of the county were tested, with 47% rated poor, 24% fair and 29% good.
Twelve years ago, 25% of state roads were rated in poor condition.
“For well over a decade, more roads have deteriorated than have been improved,” the report stated. “This has happened every year since 2005, and 2018 was not an exception. This must be reversed if Michigan’s roads are to improve.”
The report also includes data on the condition of all bridges in Michigan. It reveals Michigan has 10.7% of bridges rated as “structurally deficient.” Huron County fared much better in the bridge ratings, with just two in the entire county deemed to be in poor condition.
The 2018 Annual Road and Bridge Report can be viewed, along with other past reports, at www.michigan.gov/tamc.