March 10, 2014 — “Greater funding for transportation should wait.”

            “MDOT should use more salt in winter.”

            The new “Reality Check” series of videos and information sheets from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will examine these and other common transportation misconceptions, and offer explanations for why the reality is very different.

            “There are many myths and rumors about transportation in Michigan, often repeated, that either aren’t quite true or are flat-out wrong,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “Getting these cleared up is an important step to having a logical and open discussion about the real problems facing Michigan’s transportation infrastructure.”

            The first two videos and fact sheets cover two common claims, and offer data and information on why they aren’t correct:

            Reality Check #1: Funding Can Wait

            Myth: Michigan’s roads and bridges aren’t that bad, and there are plenty of other priorities.

            Reality: Michigan’s transportation system is hurting, and waiting just makes things worse.

            MDOT Reality Check #2: More Salt, Please!

            Myth: MDOT has gotten dangerously stingy with salt, and they need to use more!            Reality: MDOT has made changes to be more efficient with salt, but not at the expense of safety for motorists.

            Throughout the year, MDOT will take on more transportation myths. Future topics will include issues like: why signs are replaced when they are, the safety of roundabouts, truck weights, road-building standards, and gas prices’ effect on fuel tax revenues. The first two myths, and the facts that deflate them, are available at www.michigan.gov/realitycheck. Media outlets are welcome to link to the fact sheets, or broadcast the videos.

MDOT says: Drive like you want to make it home tonight.


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