Study Says Bad Roads Cost Big Bucks

January 22, 2014

"The worse shape the roads are in, the faster your vehicle is quite literally depreciating and falling apart."

Frank "Rocky" Moretti, on TRIP's cost analysis of poor roads in Michigan.

A new study says poor roads in Michigan are punching potholes in the pocketbooks of drivers. The report from a non-profit called TRIP says motorists in Metro Detroit pay—on average—an extra $536 dollars a year per motorist to fix damage caused by poor road conditions. Add to that the cost of traffic delays, accidents, and wasted fuel, and the bill rises to more than $16-hundred a year per driver. TRIP’s policy and research director, Frank "Rocky" Moretti, tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller that more than a third of the area’s roads in poor shape, based on how much vibration they cause when you drive on them. Click on the audio links above to hear the conversation.

Read TRIP's report here