Experts Say Infrastructure Bill Brings Roads Funding Increase, More Needed
After the massive infrastructure plan becomes official with the signature of President Joe Biden, the state of Michigan will receive around ten billion dollars.
Much of this is being spent on the state’s roads and bridges program, but money is earmarked for water pipe improvements, broadband internet upgrades, and others.
In addition to the expanded funding Michigan itself has invested in roads, this will accelerate the number of projects that can be carried out. But infrastructure experts in the state say we cannot be satisfied with that money.
“It’s a huge pot of money, but it’s certainly not the panacea that many people think it is,” said Lance Binoniemi, vice president of government affairs for the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, about US $ 330 million annually for the next five years Dollars more to see, and recent studies have shown that we need about $ 2 billion more each year to keep our roads and bridges program where it needs to be. So we’re very excited, but we certainly need more. “
The bill also provides funds for rail and mass transit that could be used on the proposed Ann Arbor to Traverse City train system, but that depends on the legal allocation.