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MacDonald cosponsors $1.5B plan to fix all Michigan bridges in severe condition

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Wednesday cosponsored the Senate MI Safe Drive plan to use $1.5 billion in one-time federal recovery funding to repair all Michigan bridges listed in severe condition

“The smartest action we can take with our federal recovery dollars is to make positive investments that will improve our state and provide long-lasting benefits for Michigan families,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township “The Senate’s plan would make our roads safer, address our aging transportation infrastructure and provide relief for local communities to meet their local needs. And it would do it all without raising taxes on hard-hit families or small businesses still recovering from the pandemic. I hope we can get this vital funding into our communities as soon as possible to build a stronger, safer Michigan.”

Senate Bill 529 would use $1.5 billion in federal recovery funds to fix bridges across the state in severe condition through bundling, where the design and construction of multiple projects around the state are contracted at the same time.

Of the nearly 12,000 bridges in Michigan, 7,038 are managed by local municipalities. Of that number, over 400 are in critical need of repairs. SB 529 would fund repairs for all of the bridges in severe condition.

The bill also includes an additional $126 million in federal money to improve safety at several intersections between railways and roadways.

Michigan has over 4,000 rail crossings with public highways within the state, and in 2020, was ranked the 15th worst in the nation for the total number of collisions, injuries, and fatalities at highway-rail crossings. The funds would help reduce or in some cases eliminate train-vehicle interactions through grade separation at crossings throughout the state