MDOT director answers your questions about Michigan’s roads

Mar 7, 2018

As Michiganders drove to work or school today, many were dodging potholes or rumbling along on cracking or crumbling pavement.

Listener Charlotte Finnegan says McDevitt Avenue, near the Draper Road intersection in Vandercook Lake, often gives her trouble while driving.
Credit Charlotte Finnegan, an MI Curious question asker

It’s the time of year when the condition of Michigan’s roads makes its way into conversation after conversation. Many wonder what it’s going to take to get Michigan’s roads and highways in better shape.

That’s why this edition of MI Curious is focused on your questions about our roads. Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, joined Stateside today to talk about the state of Michigan’s roads, and to answer the following questions submitted by listeners:

  • Sara Bliss asks, “Where does all the money from our license plate registrations and renewals go? Those fees are so expensive, and we should have better roads.”
  • Georganne Salvia says, “I would like to know why we cannot get roads repaired that last longer than one year.”
  • Charlotte Finnegan asks, “Is there a difference between asphalt and concrete mixtures where some of those mixtures last longer on the roads than others?”
  • Jenna Carley asks, “How long will it continue to take to fix the roads that are causing car accidents with all the potholes?”
  • A number of listeners wrote in and asked why it is neighboring states, and the province of Ontario, seem to be able to maintain their roads better than we do in Michigan.

For those answers and more, listen above.


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