LANSING – Michigan’s two- to four-lane roadways in rural areas were generally in good condition as of 2016, according to a study released that week that showed a stark differential between those roads and ones in urban areas of the state.
The Reason Foundation study found about 0.85 percent of roads classified as rural other principal arterials (two- to four-lane roadways connecting cities or regions) were in poor condition, 19th best in the nation. All roads examined as part of the study are state-owned. County- and city-owned roads were not part of the report.
Rural interstates ranked 34th in Michigan with 2.14 percent in poor condition.
Urban interstates and arterials were in much worse shape at 42nd and 41st, respectively. In Michigan, the study said, 7.65 percent of urban interstates and 16.92 percent of urban arterials (four- to eight-lane roadways connecting different parts of an urban region) were in poor condition.
Baruch Feigenbaum, assistant director of transportation policy at Reason Foundation, said the difference in condition between rural and urban roads in Michigan was not common across the country.
“It is a pretty big difference,” he said. “It is a bigger difference than we see in most states.”
Michigan ranked 35th in structurally deficient bridges with 10.51 percent in that category.
On spending, Michigan spent the 12th most per lane mile on state-owned roads at $99,626, according to the study.
This story was provided by Gongwer News Service.