Many Michigan roads are in exceedingly poor condition. Not only is this a safety matter, it is an economic issue for both our families dealing with expensive auto repairs and the businesses we want to come to our state. While more funding has been made available for roads in recent years, Senator Colbeck believes the root cause of our road maintenance problems is not our funding levels but rather how that money is being used on poor construction quality standards. New product innovations and maintenance techniques may cost more upfront but can save taxpayers money in the long-run through lowered net lifecycle costs. With roads lasting longer between repairs, we would also not be inconvenienced by orange barrels as often.