Whitmer signs executive directive for Michigan to use infrastructure plan funds to repair roads and bridges – CBS Detroit
(WNEM) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has called on state agencies to work with lawmakers to rebuild Michigan’s roads and bridges using billions of dollars in federal funding.
The state expects to receive these federal funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Job Acts over the next five years.
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“Right now, we have a historic opportunity to put the Michiganders first and use the billions of funding we’re supposed to receive under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to ensure that every community has roads and of safe and smooth bridges, ”said Whitmer. “With this executive directive, we are preparing to build local roads and bridges across Michigan, create thousands of well-paying jobs for Michigan residents, and ensure that small businesses, downtowns and communities neighborhoods have reliable, high-quality infrastructure to build on. we are ushering in a new era of prosperity for our state. I look forward to working with the legislature to invest these dollars and get the job done. “
The executive directive, signed by Whitmer to state departments, ensures Michigan continues to repair roads and bridges, including:
- Put Michigan workers and businesses first, prioritizing state businesses and workers as the state continues to repair or replace roads and bridges.
- Ensure that new federal funds are used to rejuvenate local roads with the right mix of materials and complement work underway as part of Michigan’s rebuilding plan.
- Prioritize projects to revitalize rural and urban communities, accelerate housing and economic development, encourage outdoor recreation and promote equity.
- Look for opportunities to make our roads and bridges more resistant to flooding.
- Help local communities build more efficiently, using the “dig once” principle to complete works on water, broadband internet, road and other utilities simultaneously where possible.
- Continue to lead the future of mobility and electrification by seeking opportunities to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle chargers while rebuilding roads and bridges.
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“Everyone in Michigan is well aware of the need to fix our roads, bridges and critical infrastructure,” said Doug Stockwell, Commercial Director of Operating Engineers 324. “And now the federal government has joined the Michigan to devote the financial investment necessary for its realization. to arrive. Effective and efficient construction requires good planning, quality materials and a highly skilled workforce such as members of the 324 Operations Engineers. Governor Whitmer’s Executive Directive will ensure that the planning stage is carried out. properly, preparing Michigan residents for better roads, bridges, and quality jobs.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Biparty Infrastructure Plan, will give Michigan billions of dollars to repair roads, create millions of jobs, expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the country. State, replace aging water infrastructure and expand high-speed Internet access, says the state.
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