Report: Michigan’s rural roads worst in the country

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD/MEDIA GENERAL) — A new report released Tuesday shows Michigan’s rural roads are among the worst in the country.

The report by TRIP, a nonprofit national transportation research group, is based on rural areas with a population of 2,500 or more. That’s about 61 million people throughout the country. Road, bridge and safety data is based on areas with a population of 5,000 or more.

It shows 37 percent of Michigan’s rural roads are rated in poor condition. Nationally, the report says 15 percent of major rural roads were rated in poor condition and 11 percent of bridges were rated as structurally deficient.

Here are the top 10 states with the greatest percentage of major rural roads in poor condition in 2013:

(Courtesy TRIP)
(Courtesy TRIP)

The analysis points out that the U.S. rural population is aging more quickly than the nation as a whole. It also says that 86 percent of trips taken to rural areas are for leisure and tourist reasons.

The report goes on to note that federal funding for road repairs is set to expire on May 31, 2015. It advocates for a “significant boost in investment” for the nation’s highways, roads and bridges.



Full report (pdf)

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