Saginaw Bridges Ranked Among Worst in State

A statewide construction and transportation agency analysis rates Saginaw County bridges among the worst in Michigan. 
 
The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association report ranks the county 7th and 9th respectively for the highest amount, and worst percentage, of structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges.
 
MITA data puts that number at about a third of total Saginaw bridges - 98 of the county's 311.
 
Genesee County also scored poorly, with 44 percent of its 371 bridges cited by the MITA.
 
"The report is a stark reminder of what Michigan drivers experience every day - potholes and worn-out bridges," Mike Nystrom, MITA executive vice president, said in a news release. "Not fixing our deteriorating bridges and roads now will cost Michigan taxpayers in the long run."
 
Two Saginaw County bridges - one in Albee Township and the other between Chapin and Brady townships - were recently closed after a road commission inspection found structural deficiencies.
 
Wayne County received the poorest marks in both categories, with more than half of its bridges not meeting MITA analysis standards.
 
The MITA is a statewide coalition of nearly 600 trade associations which advocates for increased state infrastructure funding, among other efforts.
 
 

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