Gogebic County Roads
and State Highways
Outside of the City Limits
November 1st ~ April 15th
STATE OF MICHIGAN
TRAFFIC CONTROL ORDER NO. PA 27-07-92
New Year's Day
Hours of Operation
(May ~ September)
Monday ~ Thursday
6:00am - 4:00pm
(October ~ April)
Monday ~ Friday
7:00am - 3:00pm
The Gogebic County Road Commission
Road Commissions across the state have done everything possible with the level of funding available, but the majority of road agencies have been forced to make deep cuts including: layoffs; working with equipment beyond its service life; reducing construction and maintenance; and more than 25 of county road commissions have reverted paved roads to gravel. Unfortunately road commissions are now at the point where most have had to cut services. They have reached a point where there is nothing left to cut that will not negatively impact the level of services provided.
For more information about funding of roads, please visit www.micountyroads.org
Funding and Financing of Road Commissions
It may come as a surprise to learn that road commissions do not have taxing authourity and get almost all of their funds from the Michigan Transportation Fund (MTF). All state fuel taxes, vehicle registration fees and other transportation-related fees are deposited into the MTF and distributed according to a formula established in Public Act 51 of 1951.
For many years, the largest source of income to the MTF has been state gasoline tax. A combination of more fuel-efficient vehicles and motorists changing driving habits and purchasing less fuel have eroded the power of fuel taxes, making their future as a long term funding solution uncertain.
The Michigan Legislature last increased the gasoline tax in 1997 from 15 cents per gallon to 19 cents per gallon. The tax on diesel fuel was not increased. Of this four cent increase, three cents were distributed to sate and local road agencies. The other penny was dedicated to bridges, with one half cent directed to MDOT to fix seriously deficient bridges on the state road system, and the other half cent directed to local road agencies under the Local Bridge Program.
Approximately 75% of federal funding is allocated to MDOT, leaving 25% to be distributed among 83 county road commissions and 553 cities and villages across the state. These funds are dispersed according to regional formulas.
Both MDOT and local road agencies are required to provide a match to federal funds. If local and state road agencies cannot provide the matching funds, the federal funds are returned to the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and available to other states.