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Under Michigan’s Road-Fixing Governor, More Roads Are in Poor Condition

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is proud to be known as the “fix-the-damn-roads governor,” even though Michigan’s roads are in worse condition now than when she took office.

“I’m proud to be known as the fix-the-damn-roads governor ... and I am proud to be working with an administration that has got the same values,” Whitmer stated at an appearance by President Joe Biden in Howell, according to a tweet from Jonathan Oosting of Bridge Michigan.

State funding has increased from $3.6 billion to $3.7 billion since Whitmer entered office. In the 2017-18 year, 40.5% of roads eligible for federal aid were in poor condition. That number increased to 42.4% in the most recent assessment in 2019-20, according to the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council.

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