Lansing – Today, State Representative Jason Sheppard (R-Temperance) along with State Representatives Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) and Jeff Noble (R-Plymouth) introduced a three bill package aimed at helping fix Michigan roads by creating the Michigan Innovative Transportation Fund.
“We can no longer say it’s business as usual when it comes to our crumbling infrastructure,” said Sheppard. “We pour billions of dollars into our roads and bridges each year, with no significant improvement to how the roads are built or the quality of materials used.”
The legislation introduced today calls for a total of $15 million from the expected $4.5 billion transportation spending 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.
“It is time to bring Michigan’s roads into the 21st century, and the Michigan Innovative Transportation Fund can help do just that,” Sheppard continued, “I want to thank Representatives Hernandez and Noble for their commitment to improving our infrastructure, and I look forward to getting this legislation passed.”