Lansing – Today, State Representative Jeff Noble (R-Northville) along with Representatives Jason Sheppard (R-Temperance) and Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) introduced a three bill package aimed at helping fix Michigan roads by creating the Michigan Innovative Transportation Fund.
The fund, which would be administered by experts outside of the Michigan Department of Transportation, would: review, publicly post, implement, and then analyze ideas on ways to improve Michigan roads without increasing state spending.
“I get as frustrated as anyone when I hit a pothole,” said Noble. “With the billions of dollars allocated to the department, our roads would be in much better condition if there were some new, innovative ideas explored for road materials. Instead of continuing to use the same process, that has been proven to fail, it’s time we take the initiative on finding some better solutions.”
The legislation introduced today calls for a total of $15 million from existing transportation spending ($4.5 billion expected in next year’s budget) to be used to test innovative ways to build or repair Michigan roads. Examples would include (but not be limited to): new road additives, experimental machinery/techniques, or any other ways Michigan could improve road quality.
A list of current projects under consideration would be publicly available online, and a clear application process would exist for anyone to submit ideas directly to the board overseeing the funding.
“During my time as your state Representative, I have been contacted on countless occasions about the pitiful conditions of the roads within Northville, Plymouth, Canton, and the state of Michigan. I hope this legislation gives an avenue to bring new, innovative ideas to the table,” Noble continued, “I want to thank Representatives Sheppard and Hernandez for having the courage to challenge the status quo and work for the taxpayers of Michigan.”