Report gives low rank to Genesee County bridges

Construction is underway on the Grand Blanc Road bridge over I-75.

A new report ranks Genesee County second from the bottom when it comes to bridges.

It says Genesee County has 165 bridges that are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

The Genesee County Road Commission says all bridges are currently safe to use.

Many local officials are concerned about what happens if more funding is not allocated for the county's infrastructure. Some say the cost of making repairs or upgrades increases every year.

â??This report, if you follow Michigan's transportation infrastructure, should be a surprise to no one. We've been under funding Michigan's roads and bridges for over 25 years,â?? said John Daly, Director of the Genesee County Road Commission.

Daly says, in addition to funding falling short, the county has a significant number of bridges because of the geography, which includes rivers, lakes, and streams.

The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association compiled the report. The group says one in eight Michigan bridges are structurally deficient.

State legislators are debating how to fund road projects. Some are looking to increase the gas tax or registration fees to cover the cost.