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Whitmer Signs Bill Ensuring Railroad Crossing Infrastructure Fully Funded to Protect Motorists
April 26, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2022
Governor Whitmer Signs Bill Ensuring Railroad Crossing Infrastructure Fully Funded to Protect Michigan Motorists
LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4252 to ensure that funding is in place to support and maintain adequate and functioning signage and warning devices at railroad crossings to protect Michigan motorists. The legislation splits the costs of railroad crossing sign upkeep and maintenance between railroad and road authorities, preventing any additional costs from being passed on to drivers. This brings the total of bipartisan bills signed to 810.
“Since I took office, Michigan has fixed over 13,000 lane miles of road and more than 900 bridges to keep drivers safe on the road as they go to work, drop their kids off at school, or run errands,” said Governor Whitmer. “Today’s bipartisan bill adds to the over 800 I have signed so far and further enhances road safety by putting up and maintaining adequate, functional signage at railroad crossings. Let’s keep working together to keep drivers safe as we head into another busy construction season with more orange barrels and cones than ever.”
House Bill 4252 requires the Michigan Department of Transportation:
- To complete a study to determine traffic control device maintenance costs.
- To update the fees road authorities pay railroads annually for the maintenance of active warning devices at railroad-roadway grade crossings.
House Bill 4252 was sponsored by Rep. Tim Sneller, D – Grand Blanc, and a copy can be found here.
Since taking office, Governor Whitmer has been focused on fixing, upgrading, and modernizing our state’s infrastructure. She has made record investments to deliver on her signature priority to fix the damn roads -- with 13,198 lane miles of road and 903 bridges repaired, rebuilt, or replaced since 2019, supporting 82,000 jobs. Last month, Governor Whitmer also signed the Building Michigan Together Plan, which will invest nearly $5 billion in Michigan’s infrastructure to grow the economy, create jobs, and build on work to fix the roads. Additionally, her fiscal year 2023 budget calls for an historic $6.3 billion investment in local roads, bridges, airports, transit, and rail programs.