MacDonald supports $1.3B in federal funding to fix bridges

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Thursday voted to invest $1.3 billion in federal recovery funding to repair Michigan bridges listed in severe condition — including over 20 bridges in Macomb County.

“This would be a positive investment of our federal recovery dollars to improve the safety of our roads and help local communities meet their local infrastructure needs — without raising taxes on struggling families or job providers,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “This is about taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a real and profound change in Macomb and our entire state that will benefit Michigan families for decades.”

Senate Bill 529 would use $1.3 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 bridges in severe condition.

The bill also includes over $195 million to cover local road agency revenue losses and $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.

SB 529 has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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