Michigan Editorial: Even with tax, bad roads are here for a while

Even if Michigan adopts the 45-cent fuel tax increase sought by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, it will be a long time before motorists will be driving on roads that are generally OK.

The additional $2 billion the tax hike will raise won’t be enough to rapidly bring roads into repair. There are just too many surfaces in too poor a condition.

And the work is expensive. Wayne County Executive Warren Evans in his State of the County address tonight will detail three major projects he’ll fund this year: Miller Bridge in Dearborn, Dix Bascule Bridge in Detroit and Haggerty Road through Livonia.

The price tag for just those three rebuilds is $100 million. In Macomb County, reconstructing nine miles of Mound Road will cost $185 million.