One of every eight bridges that you drive across in Michigan is rated as "structurally deficient", meaning that at least a part of it is in poor-or-worse condition. That number comes from the federal government's U.S. DOT.
At the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, Lance Binonie tells WOOD Radio it only shows what his group has been saying for years. That Michigan's government has not been serious about maintaining the roads and bridges.
Binoniemi says our state's road funding laws were last built in 1997 and are based heavily on how much gasoline you buy, which is less these days.
As lawmakers debate the roads budget, he points to state government numbers that say more than $6 billion needs to be spent on bridge fixes alone.
He says the whole road system needs $2 billion spent on it every year.