Government and Politics
September 30, 2022From: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
In 2022, Gov. Whitmer is making the largest infrastructure investment in Michigan’s history
Lansing, MI – On Sp 30th, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the completion of four infrastructure projects in Alger, Baraga, Montcalm, and St. Clair counties as the administration continues to fix roads and bridges at a record pace across the state. The recently completed projects include the Palms Road Rebuilding Our Bridges project in St. Clair County, the M-28 rebuilding project in Alger County, the US-41/M-28 resurfacing project in Baraga County, and the M-91 bridge improvement project in Montcalm County. Based on economic modeling, the road improvement projects supported approximately 261 jobs
“Thanks to our hard work, we are moving dirt to fix roads and bridges across Michigan at a record pace. With the completion of the projects in Alger, Baraga, Montcalm, and St. Clair counties, Michiganders will have a smoother drive, saving them time and money as they run errands, go to work, or travel,” said Governor Whitmer. “Through the end of 2022, we will fix over 16,000 lane miles of road and more than 1,200 bridges, supporting nearly 89,000 jobs. The bipartisan budget I recently signed, will continue to support more projects like these across the state. The projects we’re moving forward with will support more good-paying jobs and deliver on an issue that matters to us all—safe, reliable infrastructure."
Rebuilding Our Bridges Project in St. Clair County
The Palms Road bridge over Belle River southwest of Port Huron reopened Wednesday -- five days ahead of schedule -- after major repair work to replace its superstructure. The bridge, built in 1986, was in serious condition before the repairs, resulting in reduced load restrictions posted on the bridge. Palms Road, a major north-south route in central St. Clair County, serves as a connector to I-94.
The project was supported by the governor’s Rebuilding Our Bridges program, the first of its kind pilot program in Michigan, which will repair 19 bridges owned by local agencies in serious or critical condition. To date, 13 out of the 19 bridges have been repaired and reopened to traffic with the remaining bridges expected to be completed by the end of November.
M-28 Rebuilding Project in Alger County
In Alger County, work was completed on the $15.5 million project to rebuild 4.7 miles of M-28 between Brook Street and Commercial Street in Munising and resurface the highway from Commercial Street to east of Christmas. The three-year project in this busy lakeside tourist town included streetscape improvements, a shared-use pathway, a roundabout at the M-28/Alger County Road H-58 intersection, and major upgrades to city water and sewer infrastructure. The project was extended into this year so that work could be coordinated with a city project to upgrade the sanitary sewer system in one neighborhood. Based on economic modeling, this investment supported approximately 197 jobs.
US-41/M-28 Resurfacing Project in Baraga County
In Baraga County, work wrapped up on the $4.3 million project to resurface 7.5 miles of US-41/M-28 from east of the M-28/US-141 intersection to the east end of the passing lane section near the Tioga Roadside Park in Covington Township. The project included asphalt resurfacing, crushing and shaping of shoulders, drainage improvements, guardrail, new signs, and pavement markings. Based on economic modeling, this investment supported approximately 55 jobs.
M-91 Bridge Improvement Project in Montcalm County
In Montcalm County, work was completed on the $740,000 project to improve the M-91 (Greenville Road) bridge over the Flat River near the village of Langston, just north of Stanton Road. Work included deck replacement, approach work, new guardrail, and substructure repair. This work will provide a safer and smoother driving surface and extend the service life of the bridge and supported approximately nine jobs.
Rebuilding Michigan’s Roads and Bridges
Through the end of 2022, Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist will have fixed, repaired, or replaced more than 16,000 lane miles of road and 1,200 bridges, supporting more than 89,000 jobs without raising taxes by a dime. These and future repairs are made possible by the Rebuilding Michigan plan, a five-year, $3.5 billion investment in our highways and bridges, and the bipartisan Building Michigan Together Plan, the largest one-time investment in Michigan's infrastructure in state history. These strategic investments in Michigan's infrastructure ensure that future Michiganders will have safer roads and bridges to run errands, travel, and strengthen the economy.
Learn more about the Whitmer-Gilchrist Administration’s historic infrastructure investments by clicking on the following link: Infrastructure Accomplishments.
Infrastructure Investments in the FY 2023 Budget
Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist’s fourth balanced and bipartisan budget expands on the investments in the bipartisan Building Michigan Together Plan signed in April by speeding up replacement of lead service lines, reducing traffic congestion at local rail crossings, improving state fish hatcheries, and funding long-overdue maintenance projects at state facilities.