The state House this week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jason Sheppard to create the Innovative Transportation Fund to help fix Michigan roads.
The Innovative Transportation Fund within the State Trunkline Fund specifies the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to administer funds and allows individuals to submit ideas for improving construction methods or improved materials for road construction.
“This plan promotes innovation and helps local road agencies,” said Sheppard, of Temperance. “Local road agencies will have the opportunity to be able to test and utilize alternative materials.”
MDOT will be required to review each tested project for effectiveness and provide a report that will be posted to MDOT’s website.
House Bill 6014 advances to the Senate for consideration.