LANSING, Mich. – Rob Coppersmith, executive vice president of the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA), issued the following statement urging support for a long-term, equitable and sustainable infrastructure investment plan following Michigan receiving a D grade for roads in the 2023 Report Card for Michigan’s Infrastructure:
“Report after report has shown the need for a significant long-term investment in Michigan’s roads, dams, bridges and other critical infrastructure. This latest report from the American Society of Civil Engineers Michigan Section, where Michigan’s roads received a grade of D in their 2023 Report Card for Michigan’s Infrastructure, shows that our roads remain in poor condition and pose a risk for the public. This is unacceptable and we need Michigan’s leaders to take action now.
“Decades of under-investment have led us to where we are today. Even with the Governor’s bonding program and a boost from the federal government, Michigan’s roads remain in poor condition. More is needed now as Michigan faces a $3.9 billion annual shortfall in funding our roads and bridges.
“We look forward to working with our partners in the legislature and with the governor to enact a long-term, equitable and sustainable investment plan to improve Michigan’s critical infrastructure for generations to come. After all, this is a quality-of-life issue, and we shouldn’t settle for crumbling roads and bridges. Michigan’s construction industry is ready to get to work fixing our state now, and we look forward to being part of the solution.”
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The Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association is a statewide trade association that represents a broad spectrum of heavy construction companies and suppliers that help build a better Michigan from the ground up. For more information, visit thinkmita.org.