County Road Association of Michigan
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  • What is CRAM?

    The County Road Association of Michigan represents the interests and concerns of Michigan’s 83 county road agencies.  We work alongside each county road agency to ensure safe and efficient roads for all who travel in Michigan.   

    From seasonal roads to seven-lane highways and beyond, county road agencies are responsible for 75 percent of Michigan’s road system, representing more than 90,000 miles of Michigan roads and 5,700 bridges– the fourth largest local road system in the nation. 

    Individual county road agencies are responsible for ensuring the safety and efficiency of all county roads and bridges within their jurisdiction. Michigan’s county road agencies are staffed by talented teams of administrative, engineering, construction and road maintenance professionals.  To learn more about Michigan’s county road agencies click here.

    Local Roads Matter

    Local Roads Matter

    Local Roads Matter is a coalition of Michigan groups and individuals that recognize our local roads and bridges are critical to business and economic development, schools and families, public safety and health care, agriculture and tourism, and to every Michigan resident. Local roads impact every facet of our lives and they are at risk. To learn more click here


    Asset Management Council Releases new report

    According to the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) only 19 percent of the federal-aid system and 13 percent of the non-federal-aid road system (lower traffic volume roads) are in good condition. The TAMC issued the following warning:
    “At current funding levels, the condition of Michigan’s transportation infrastructure will continue to deteriorate.  This decline in the condition of Michigan’s infrastructure affects everyone—from businesses that rely on the transportation network to transport goods and services; from tourists visiting or traveling through our great state to our citizens who expect safe and convenient access to work and school. Reinvesting in our transportation system and maintaining these vital public assets are essential to securing a better future for all of Michigan’s citizens.”

    Click here to link to the 2012 summary document or for the full version click here.

    State of the Roads – A Decade of Decline

    The State of the Roads in Michigan are increasingly in poor and fair condition due to a decade of decline in gas tax revenue, and the disinvestment is having a significant negative impact on the state.  Not only does Michigan’s economy rely on a vital network of roads and bridges, but so do families in order to safety get to work and school.  Click here to learn more.

    5 Simple Reason Why Michigan Roads Are Crumbling Now

    Did you know that each year, $1 billion in state sales tax, we pay at the pump doesn’t go to roads. Instead it’s constitutionally dedicated to education, as well as to local governments for police and fire.  Click here for 5 simple reasons why Michigan roads are in poor condition.

    Legislative Inaction Costs Michigan Motorists More than $1 Billion Each Year

    Cost of InactionDespite comprehensive studies and recommendations that Michigan needs to raise our annual road funding by more than $1.5 billion annually, and warnings from the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) that our roads are deteriorating faster than they can be repaired or replaced, past legislatures have failed to increase the user fees that fund our roads and bridges.
    Road condition data reported to the TAMC by state and local road agencies reveals that Michigan roads are deteriorating at a rate of $3 million daily - more than $1 billion annually. In 2004, the cost of returning all roads to good condition was $3.68 billion. By 2011, TAMC estimated the cost had ballooned to $11.5 billion. Click this link for more information on the effect in your legislative district

    Better Roads Feature Article: At the Crossroads - The fate of our secondary roads may be in the balance!

    The March 2010 issue of Better Roads Magazine has a feature article that highlights the plight of the nation's secondary road system using the NACE "Local Roads Matter" campaign information. Click here to view this important article.

    Section 394 Report Released

    The Michigan Department of Transportation completed an analysis of the transportation funding distribution formula. It was done in accordance with Section 394 of the 2010 Transportation budget. The report examines the distribution formula for state transportation funding, compares it with methods used by other states, and includes discussions on suggested alternatives. Click here for a copy of the report. The referenced appendices can now be downloaded from our site as well. Click the name to download Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C


    CRAM RUSH-PACRUSH-PAC is the political fundraising arm of the County Road Association of Michigan. RUSH-PAC stands for Rural and Urban Streets and Highways Political Action Committee. It is made up of people like you — who understand the value of good roads and bridges.
    RUSH-PAC promotes better road policies in Michigan by contributing to the campaigns of candidates for state office who understand road issues and will advocate prudent road policies and legislation.

    Click here to learn how together, we can make our voice heard in Lansing.

    Please click here for the CRA primary election endorsements.

    Please click here to participate in the 2014 RUSH-PAC House Candidate Survey
    Please click here to participate in the 2014 RUSH-PAC Senate Candidate Survey

    County Road Commissions Pioneer Efficiencies

    Michigan is not just the birthplace of the mass-produced automobile. County road agencies gave birth to the modern road-building industry and innovations such as the first mile of concrete highway and the first centerline painter, both developed by Wayne County. That same innovative spirit is alive and well today. Reforms and efficiencies, both large and small, have allowed county road agencies to do more with less. The constant effort to increase efficiency and effectiveness is not something most road agencies publicize - it is considered a normal part of doing business. Click here to learn more about road commission efficiency efforts...

    Michigan's county road agencies are working to improve roads to accommodate
    commercial vehicles, but increasing costs and declining
    revenues delay these costly improvements. To learn more about
    county road agency's funding needs, click here

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