Senate OKs $175 million for road funding

Sen. Mike Kowall

Sen. Mike Kowall

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a bill allocating $175 million for roads throughout the state, said Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall.

“If you’ve driven or ridden on Michigan’s roads recently, you know what horrible shape they are in,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “This money allows us to strengthen our commitment to better roads this year, instead of waiting.”

In Gov. Rick Snyder’s recent budget proposal he had allocated the $175 million for the fiscal year 2019 budget instead of this year’s budget, fiscal year 2018.

House Bill 4321 moves the funding up to this year.

“I appreciate the governor’s action to allocate money for roads, but that money is needed now,” Kowall said. “With some carryover money from last year, the money is there, and this bill ensures it will go to roads.”

The legislation would dedicate $160 million for the preservation and construction of state, county, city and village roads, and $15 million to next-generation technologies and service delivery to support Michigan’s automotive and mobility research industry.

HB 4321 now heads to the state House for concurrence before heading to the governor for his signature.