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MDOT: Truck weights not to blame for state road disrepair

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That's how Nichelle Harrison describes many of our state roads, and she believes her car repair costs are a direct result of them.

"We just had some work done on our vehicle. It was $200 and he told us to bring it back for some under body work,” Harrison said. “We're thinking it's from the roads."

Harrison, along with other TV5 viewers wonder if Michigan should reduce the allowable weights on semi-trucks.

Right now, most trucks in Michigan when fully loaded weigh between 26,000 and 80,000 pounds.

"Maybe we should tax them. We should raise taxes on those truckers," Harrison said.

MDOT spokesman Jeff Cransen said the state highways are designed to handle truck freight.

He believes gross vehicle weight isn't causing them to fail. Instead, he blames accumulation of traffic, coupled with our harsh winters for the failure of the pavement.

Cransen said state law requires the use of trucks with a higher number of axles comparatively nationwide. So heavy trucks in the great lakes state actually have lighter axle loads than trucks in other states.

As for M-58, MDOT said that stretch of road has one of the lowest truck volumes in the state.

But those facts aren't paying Harrison's car repair bill. She said she just wants to see these roads fixed.

"I hope that they come up with a solution to get the roads repaired,” Harrison said. “As a citizen here I would think that we can drive down our roads and not have our vehicles damaged because our state is broke and they're not doing things to fix it."

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