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Building Michigan Together Plan Invests New Funding to Fix the Damn Roads


March 29, 2022  



Gov. Whitmer’s $4.8 Billion Building Michigan Together Plan Invests New Funding to Fix the Damn Roads

Bipartisan bill includes largest infrastructure investments in Michigan history, builds on work to fix the roads, supports thousands of jobs


LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer will soon sign the Building Michigan Together Plan into law, paving the way for nearly $5 billion in bipartisan investments that will benefit Michiganders by improving transportation and water infrastructure, supporting jobs, and investing in every region of the state. The plan will make significant investments in Michigan’s roads, bridges, regional airports, and transit, building on progress achieved since Governor Whitmer took office by initiating dozens projects and supporting thousands of jobs across Michigan. 


“The Building Michigan Together Plan makes historic, bipartisan investments in the kitchen-table issues that matter most to Michigan families and builds on our work to fix the damn roads,” said Governor Whitmer. “I am so proud that the Michigan Legislature and I were able to come together to get this done and continue fixing the roads together with the right mix and materials, so they stay fixed. This plan will make a real difference in our communities, support thousands of good-paying jobs, and set up Michigan’s economy for decades of success. It is a testament to what is possible when we put Michiganders first.”


Building Michigan Together Plan Investments

The Building Michigan Together Plan calls for critical investments of $645 million in Michigan’s infrastructure, including:

  • $317 million for road and bridge programs, benefitting both state and local projects.
  • $66 million to make state transportation infrastructure more resilient to future flooding events by adding reliable generator backup power to all 164 state-owned pumping stations.
  • $93 million for airport infrastructure improvement grants.
  • $66 million to improve public transportation.
  • $25 million investment in the statewide Mobility Futures Initiative to position Michigan to lead the nation in mobility innovation.


Governor Whitmer is Fixing the Damn Roads

Since Governor Whitmer took office, Michigan has repaired, rebuilt, or replaced 13,198 lane miles of road and 903 bridges, supporting nearly 82,000 jobs. The state is fixing its roads the right way, with the right mix and materials, so they stay fixed. To ensure taxpayers get the best value for their money, Governor Whitmer reinstated prevailing wage for all state construction contractors.


In addition to bipartisan infrastructure investments in three balanced, bipartisan budgets, the governor launched the Rebuilding Michigan Plan, a $3.5 billion bond plan that expands hundreds of major new road projects, rebuilding our state highways and bridges over the next 5 years, without an increase at the pump. In total, this investment supports approximately 22,800 construction jobs in 2021 along with an additional 21,700 jobs in other industries.


Now, Michigan has an opportunity to build on all this progress with federal resources from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Governor Whitmer launched the Michigan Infrastructure Office to ensure that federal funding is deployed effectively, and recently, she signed an executive directive to speed up pothole repairs


View the Whitmer-Gilchrist administration’s infrastructure accomplishments