The State Transportation Commission’s (STC) approval of the MDOT 2023-2027 Five-Year Transportation Program at their November meeting served as MDOT’s formal announcement that they will invest $4.3 billion in their FY 2023 Transportation Program. The focus of the FY 2023 capital investments will be preservation of the transportation system, safe mobility for motorists, and efficient system operations. The multimodal FY 2023 program will invest $231.5 million in the Aeronautics Program, $442.5 million in the Bus and Marine Programs, $146.5 million in the Rail and Port Programs, and $3.5 billion in the Highway Program.
The FY 2023 Transportation Program investments are a vital part of Michigan’s continued economic growth and are estimated to support 41,000 jobs.
The FY 2023 Highway Program includes approximately $522 million for trunkline modernization, approximately $589 million for bridge replacement and preservation activities, and approximately $1.6 billion for roadway preservation activities. MDOT has also allocated $444 million to fund routine maintenance (snowplowing, mowing, etc.) performed by the Department, approximately $252 million for safety and systems operations, and optimizing the performance of existing multimodal infrastructure. The balance of the investments, approximately $99 million, will go to fund other state and federal programs that include nonmotorized facilities/streetscapes, recreational trails, roadside facilities and workforce development.
The MDOT estimates for their FY 2023 Repair and Rebuild Roads program (roadway preservation) will include approximately: 1,111 lane miles of reconstruction and improvements, 821 lane miles of capital preventive maintenance, and 206 lane miles of freeway and non-freeway resurfacing.
The FY 2023 Bridge Replacement and Preservation program will include the replacement, rehabilitation, and capital preventive maintenance on 175 bridges, and $222 million for the Blue Water Bridge plaza work.
The FY 2023 Highway Program was developed based on anticipated federal and state revenues plus an additional $776 million in Rebuilding Michigan Program bond proceeds.
For the 12-month period, July 2022 to June 2023, MDOT is projecting that approximately $2.27 billion in trunkline road and bridge projects will be advertised and let based on their November 2022 projection update.
To keep you abreast of their planned lettings, MDOT has provided several reports pertaining to the FY 2023 Highway Program. At MITA’s request, MDOT leadership has committed to updating these reports monthly as they are subject to change due to, but not limited to, program level decisions, project delivery commitments, project estimate variability, obligation authority variability, and advanced construction strategies. MDOT acknowledges that some of the totals provided in these reports may not yet approach the projected totals detailed herein, as some projects planned for in FY 2023 may not be fully programmed at the time of this announcement.
To access these reports go the Bid Letting webpage and scroll down to “Anticipated Projects”, where you will find the following reports:
• Twelve Month Projected Lettings
• 2023 Projected Lettings
• 2023 Significant Projects
• 2023 Quantity Report