New report estimates Michigan’s road crisis costs drivers over $14B annually

The transportation research group TRIP issued a report earlier this month with a not-too-surprising finding: Our crumbling roads are costing Michiganders billions of dollars in additional car maintenance, vehicle value depreciation, crashes, extra fuel cost from congestion, and more.

Of the state’s major cities, Detroit suffers the most with an average added cost of $2,544 per driver per year. A whopping 44 percent of the city’s roads are in “poor” condition and only 16 percent are “good.”

The biggest cost to the city’s drivers comes from congestion, which results in time and fuel waste. The report estimates that Detroiters spend 54 additional hours in traffic per year.

Again, not surprisingly, the report urges the state to pass a funding package to address the problem because “numerous needed transportation projects in Michigan remain unfunded.” Without it, the state is slowing potential economic growth.