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Michigan expected to receive $563.1 million for state and local bridge repairs

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Michigan expected to receive $563.1 million for state and local bridge repairs

MICHIGAN, U.S (WJRT) - The state of Michigan will see it's largest investment ever into Michigan's Bridges.

As part of the Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the state is expected to receive $563.1 million over five years to build, repair, or replace bridges.
The Michigan Department of Transportation has been crunching the numbers since after the Infrastructure bill was signed into law, even before they knew how much they would get.

Now that the dollar amount is decided, it's time to figure out how they can stretch that amount across the state to have the biggest impact.
"At MDOT we put various scenarios together. If got X amount, we could do Y number of bridges. So, we had various scenarios on the table," said Michigan Department of Transportation's Bureau of bridges Director, Matt Chynoweth.

Michigan expected to receive $563.1 million for state and local bridge repairs

The Michigan Department of Transportation expects to replace 24 bridges and help local road agencies repair 129 local bridges.
Chynoweth said that some of those will be in Genesee, Saginaw and Bay Counties.
"We have a number of bridges both on the state side and local side that are in poor condition that we are going to address," said Chynoweth.
Chynoweth says it wasn't easy to select just over 100 bridges when there are thousands that need repairs.
"We really want to look at those bridges that have the biggest economic impact or the ones that if they are closed or restricted, they will effect mobility or access to emergency services," said Chynoweth.
Even though $563.1 million dollars is a lot, Chynoweth says there's still a long way to go.
"The local agency bridges and freeway or MDOT bridges, we need a total of about $3.5 billion additional investments," said Chynoweth. "We got $563 million, which is great, but in order to have a network of no serious or critical bridges,we need about $3.5 billion."
Chynoweth said that the Michigan Department of Transportation and Governor Gretchen Whitmer will be announcing the list of structures that will see repairs from the funding by the end of January.
He said that Michiganders can expect to see work start on the selected structure before the end of this year.

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