State Rep. Jim Lilly this week testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his plan to allow the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to carry-over road maintenance funds at the close of the fiscal year.
Under current law, all work activities under the state trunk line maintenance agreement must be completed before the end of the state fiscal year, which is Sept. 30.
Lilly’s plan provides MDOT and county road commissions the ability to complete road maintenance work without rushing to finish the job before the end of the fiscal year.
Under Lilly’s plan funds must be used no later than three months after the close of the fiscal year and funds will be allowed to be deferred further in the event of inclement weather.
“Eliminating the fiscal year deadline will cut costs and effectively utilize our tax dollars to fix our roads,” said Lilly, of Park Township. “There is a small window to do construction and we must be more efficient on how money is spent.”
MDOT is responsible for preserving and maintaining 9,683 miles of state trunkline highways and 4,485 trunkline bridges. The department contracts with 64 country road commissions as well as a number of municipalities for state trunk line services.
Both MDOT and county road commissions achieve savings through sharing facilities and equipment.
House Bill 5899 remains under consideration by the committee.