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Whitmer directs state agencies to prepare for infrastructure money

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a directive to her administration Tuesday to prepare state agencies for an influx of federal infrastructure spending.

LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - With billions of dollars on the way to Michigan from the $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to make sure the money provides the biggest benefit possible.

Whitmer issued a directive to all state agencies and departments this week with a series of goals aimed at maximizing how Michigan spends its share of funding.

“Right now, we have an historic opportunity to put Michiganders first and use the billions in funding we are expected to receive under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to ensure every community has safe, smooth roads and bridges,” she said.

Road construction barrels

Road construction barrels

Whitmer wants to see Michigan workers and businesses get priority with the spending, along with a mix of rural and urban revitalization projects.

She also directed the state to pursue opportunities to make Michigan's roads more resilient to flooding and build more efficiently by working on roads, water, sewer, internet and other projects in one location at the same time.

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Whitmer said the funding will help Michigan directly in five ways:

  • $7.3 billion to repair roads and $563 million to maintain or replace bridges.
  • $1.3 billion to improve public water infrastructure, including replacement of lead-based water lines.
  • $1 billion to improve public transportation around the state.
  • $110 million to install more electric vehicle charging stations statewide.
  • $100 million to expand high speed internet access for 398,000 more Michigan residents.

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