Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Why We Can't Have Nice Things - Michigan Roads Edition

Michigan roads are renowned as being rather lousy. So much so that there is a marked difference as you cross the state line with Ohio, even as there's never-ending road work in Toledo.

So why can't we have nice roads like Toledo?

One of the reasons is our rather inflated road construction cost.

The Detroit Free Press: Conner Street to get $4M in roadwork ahead of FCA Mack plant opening

That 4 million dollars will resurface all of 2 miles of road.

Yep, it's now $2 million per mile to fix a road. Hardly a bargain.

But hey! At least it'll have bike lanes right for those two miles beside a automotive factory, which is clearly something that every cyclist will want to cycle on by.


Old NFO said...

Unions too...

drjim said...

My original hometown in Illinois has the same problems.

Aaron said...

Old NFO: Yep, and don't forget the costs of the environmental impact study for resurfacing a road that's already there. Sigh.

drjim: Yep we're not quite as corrupt as Illinois, but the Dems here are doing their best to catch up.