Roads and Economic Development

In Michigan and many other jurisdictions, Courts have ruled that because roads are a public use, even if the road is for the benefit of few or even one, once a properly delegated governmental agency determines that a road should be built, public use requirement will be fulfilled. The road is a "public use". See Township of Grosse Ile v Grosse Ile Bridge Company, 722 NW2d 220 (2006).

Even though roads can always be built by a community, the governmental body often refrains from acquiring for fear of opposition by the citizens.

An example of this opposition is the conflict in Marquette, Michigan. Many citizens object to heavy haul trucks traveling through the City of Marquette, yet others object to a new roadway bypassing the City for fear of the loss of aesthetic attractiveness of the surrounding areas.

The reality is that Marquette County and the surrounding Counties will have substantial economic development, and the mining company will be able to fully utilize the mineral asset; thereby aiding the tax base and employment in the central Upper Peninsula area.


It is ofter difficult to build bypass roads;  one only need look to the problems on US31 in Petoskey, Michigan.  Yet, without this concerted governmental action, job loss will occur in the area nd great economic harm will occur to a mining company that expected to be treated fairly.