My best guess it that this happened at the request of Governor Snyder, Rep. Zorn and Sen. Richardville. They do NOT want any smooth stretches of road anywhere in Monroe County. If we were to encounter any smooth stretches it might remind us of all their 'campaign platforms' where all 3 ran on 'securing funding' for road repairs in all of Michigan for the Gov. and Monroe county especially for the other 2... however, all we've got for 'results' so far is what little smoothing of the roads that has happened while these 3 'kicked the can' down the road another year and then another year and now it looks like it's at least one more year
I see Rep. Zorn is running for Sen. Richardville's open seat... it must make it easier to run for an office when you just have to brush off the same campaign rhetoric you uttered for your last run and 'spout it all over again'... since I'm quite sure it will still be very much a 'promise' the citizens of Monroe County will want to hear.
Especially with the new bridge from Canada dumping even more trucks onto our stretch of ultra smooth Interstate 75 so they can drive down to Ohio to buy their fuel and support all the smooth roads that are already in Ohio
The major difference between Ohio and Michigan is in Ohio, there are no depositories for good ole political boys, aka: Road Commissions. The State handles the road work on everything but municipalities streets.
75 between Detroit and Toledo smooth? You have to be asleep driving southbound or northbound. It is better (smoother) between the 275 interchange and Outer Drive both ways but only marginally. South of 275 is the pits. Keep in mind that the last time it was repaved was John Carlo and that was at least 20 years ago and 75 carries more vehicular traffic north and southbound than any other road in the country.
Of course the old argument will arise about Michigan's liber weight limits (161,000 pounds) versus 80,000 pounds nationwide on Interstates, tearing up the road but that don't hold water (or add to the road destruction for a couple reasons. One, the 161,000 limit is on 11 axles with each axle only being able to bear 13,000 pounds and the steer axle weight based on tire width (so long as the vehicle meets the Federal Bridge formula (which I won't get into here because it's complex) and Two, Ohio allows the samje GVW around Toldeo (on permit, just like Michigan because you have to plate for the weight and the kicker sticker isn't cheap) and Ohio allows Interstate and secondary road travel with extended weight limits on all it's roads, again under permit.
In essence, Michigan's 161K weight limit on 11 axles is actually less than the rest of the country wich allows 80K gross on 5 axles (meeting Federal Bridge formula again). To distill it further and in simple terms, road damage is done by individual axles, not the overall vehicle. Here we have 13,000 pounds bearing on the road surface (each axle) versus 17,000 pounds (each axle) bearing on the road surface everywhere else.
Originally, the weight limit here was pushed for by the automakers so they could get their steel delivered on less vehicles with more payload (and save on shipping costs but of course not reduce the price of their vehicles...lol). The big OEM stampers are basically gone, replaced by second tier stampers, nationwide, so if you want to point fingers, point them at the OEM automakers.
Finally, all interstates are built to Federal specification. That specification requires that the road bed and surface is sufficient that in case of national emergency, tanks, heavy trucks, troop transport and aircraft can use the roadways for landing strips and movement. However, if you don't MAINTAIN THE ROAD it goes to crap and that falls back on our political toilets, the Road Comissions.
IMO, get rid off ALL road comissions, save money and let the state maintain all roads and allow local jurisdictions to contract their road maintenance to private entities.
Until that occurs, the roads will stay poor and taxpayers will continue to reap the rewards of a failed system.