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Michigan roads cost residents $500 to $800 annually, report says

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Almost half of Michigan's major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. That's according to a new report from a national transportation research group called TRIP.

TRIP says driving on rough roads costs the average Michigan driver between $500 to $800 dollars a year per vehicle.

That's due to factors like faster vehicle depreciation, additional repair costs, and tire wear.

According to the report, the condition of Michigan's transportation system is "critical to the health of the state's economy."

Credit TRIP - A National Transportation Research Group
Vehicle Operating Costs In Michigan

The report also says one trillion dollars a year in goods are shipped to, from, and within sites in Michigan, and that those shipments rely heavily on the state's roads and bridges.

TRIP says poorly maintained roads could mean businesses will relocate to areas with more efficient and more modern transportation systems.

You can read the full TRIP report here.

Paulette is a digital media reporter and producer for Michigan Public. She started as a newsroom intern at the station in 2014 and has taken on various roles in that time, including filling in as an on-air host.
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