Michigan Department of Transportation

Warm weather kindles MDOT hopes

The unseasonably temperate winter in most o fMichigan– to date — is being blamed for woes among ski resorts, motels that cater to snowmobilers and other businesses whose fate rests on the falling of the snowflakes. As this recent Michigan Radio report […]

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“If you can’t explain to a 5-year-old what you’re doing, you don’t know what you’re doing” — Robert D. Ballard, explorer of shipwrecks. * The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities addresses “some basic facts” about state and local workers. Among them, […]

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Guest column: A guide to the Michigan world of rail

By Aarne Frobom/MDOT Two generations of Michigan travelers have grown up without riding — and maybe without even seeing – a rail transit vehicle. Passenger trains and trolley cars passed out of use in most places 40 to 60 years ago. Now […]

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Guest column: Flashing yellow turn lights improve driver safety

By James Lake/Michigan Department of Transportation  The flashing yellow arrow left-turn signal is becoming more common on Michigan roads. If you haven’t seen one on your travels yet, you will soon. As with anything new, however, the flashing yellow arrow can be […]

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* Michigan charter schools get praise from Stanford University: “A new report released today by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) found that the typical student in a Michigan charter school gains more learning in a year than his or […]

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Bad roads throw up barriers to farmers, auto firms, tourists

Better than most, Cass County resident Cliff Poehlman understands how bad roads raise the cost of doing business. Poehlman farms about 2,000 acres of corn, wheat and alfalfa in southwestern Michigan. He is also a 22-year veteran of the Cass County Road […]

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In West Michigan, evidence mounts of statewide road crisis

A few weeks ago, Grand Rapids TV station WZZM posted a request on its Facebook page: Tell us about about the worst roads in West Michigan. Comments poured in. An Ottawa County resident described James Street, a road near Holland, as “horrible, […]

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Who’s to blame for Michigan’s road woes?

There is no shortage of fancy electronic charts, graphs and statistics to document the crumbling state of Michigan’s streets and highways. Grand Rapids auto repair shop owner Jay Ziomkowski, though, charts it by the customers who walk through his door. He recalled […]

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Inflation takes bite out of road repairs

Michigan citizens know the pocketbook pressures of rising prices for such everyday items as bread, milk and even the occasional beer. But less evident are the increased costs of the materials needed to build and repair the roads on which they drive. […]

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What does an additional penny of gas tax buy?

For each penny of gas or diesel tax, Michigan gets about $45 million for transportation funding needs that include roads. There are lots of road cost variables, but that $45 million might buy, for example, 23 more lane miles of reconstructed roads […]

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Road repair enjoys bipartisan support

On Michigan’s Right to Work law, labor activist Mark Schauer and business advocate Rich Studley could not have sought more different results. But when it comes to working on Michigan’s crumbling roads — an issue that’s arisen in Lansing nearly as frequently […]

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Analysis: Political reality may flatten Snyder’s tires

Let’s just say that when Gov. Rick Snyder made his most robust case yet for boosting the annual budget for fixing Michigan’s highways last week, no one on the Senate or House Appropriations committees asked what might be the most appropriate question: […]

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* The Michigan Virtual University has some ideas on how to reform K-12 education. In microcosm, the description of said report reveals just how difficult it is to get education professionals and parents and citizens into an earnest discussion of the topic. For […]

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State leaders navigating a route to new dollars for roads

Finding money to fix our crumbling roads has been by far the biggest (ahem) roadblock in Lansing for many months. Although nobody’s willing to come out and say so publicly, within the last few days a structure has emerged for getting the […]

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