By KAITLYN KELLEY
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Improving road conditions in Michigan is among the issues Gov. Gretchen Whitmer discussed during her campaign and has outlined in her budget plan. At the recent State of the State address she said unsafe roads “endangers our lives and robs us of our time and our hard-earned money.”
“Our roads are so bad they cost the average driver more than $540 a year, and none of that fixes a single pothole,” Whitmer said. “While politicians in Lansing vote down road funding solutions for political gain, the dire state of our highways is endangering our people and getting in the way of our economic prosperity. ”
According to the most recent World Health Organization, or WHO, report on road safety, road infrastructure is “strongly linked” to fatal and serious injuries in road collisions, and road improvements are “critical” to improving overall road safety.