Stamas supports $1.3B plan to fix Michigan bridges in severe condition

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Thursday voted to invest $1.3 billion in federal recovery funding to repair Michigan bridges listed in severe condition — including 11 bridges in the 36th District.

“I have repeatedly said we need to use our historic level of federal funding to make long-term and transformational changes that will benefit the people of Michigan for decades — and that is exactly what this proposal would do,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Our roads and bridges are critical to our economy and way of life. Investing this one-time funding in fixing our worst bridges would dramatically improve safety on our roads and provide much-needed relief to local communities to fix their local roads.”

Senate Bill 529 would use $1.3 billion in federal recovery funds to fix bridges across the state in severe condition through bundling, where the design and construction of multiple projects around the state are contracted at the same time.

Of the nearly 12,000 bridges in Michigan, 7,038 are managed by local municipalities. Of that number, over 400 are in critical need of repairs. SB 529 would fund repairs for the bridges in severe condition.

The bill also includes over $195 million to cover local road agency revenue losses and $126 million in federal money to improve safety at several intersections between railways and roadways.

Michigan has over 4,000 rail crossings with public highways within the state, and in 2020, was ranked the 15th worst in the nation for the total number of collisions, injuries, and fatalities at highway-rail crossings. The funds would help reduce or in some cases eliminate train-vehicle interactions through grade separation at crossings throughout the state.

SB 529 has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.