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Report: Mich. Drivers Spend $7.5 Billion Per Year On Deteriorating Roads

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - As any Michigan driver knows, winter causes a lot of problems on the roads.

And a new report released Tuesday morning shows exactly how we spend because of it.

According to a non-profit transportation research group, TRIP, Michigan drivers spend $7.7 billion per year driving on roads that are congested, deteriorated, or lack safety features.

Even in Lansing, 49 percent of major roads are deficient, costing the average driver roughly $1,000 per year.

TRIP found that more than 25 percent of major roads and highways are in poor condition. The report reveals that Michigan's rural, non-freeway traffic death rate is a lot higher than those on all other roads in the state. In 2012 car accidents in Michigan killed 938 people.

Bridges aren't much better. According to the report, 12 percent of Michigan's bridges are deficient and an additional 15 percent are obsolete. The report states, "these bridges no longer meet current highway design standards, often because of narrow lanes, inadequate clearances or poor alignment with the approaching road."

Full TRIP Report: Future Mobility in Mich.

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