Governor Gretchen Whitmer established the Michigan Infrastructure Office and to ensure resources sent to Michigan under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan, are used effectively and efficiently to repair roads and bridges, replace lead pipes, expand high-speed internet, and build up electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The Michigan Infrastructure Office will be responsible for organizing and executing Governor Whitmer’s vision for infrastructure, coordinating across state government, marshalling resources, and partnering with local official, federal partners, outside stakeholders to invest in Michigan’s infrastructure.

“Since day one, I have been focused on fixing the damn roads and I am proud of the progress we have made to fix 13,198 lane miles of road and 903 bridges over the last three years,” said Governor Whitmer. “With passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Michigan will receive billions of dollars to build on our efforts at the state-level. I am proud to establish the Michigan Infrastructure Office to effectively invest these incoming resources in communities across every region of our state. By establishing this office, we can move full steam ahead toward continuing to improve commutes, keep families safe on the road, and create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs.”

“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a once in a lifetime investment in workers across our country, and the funds coming into Michigan are much needed,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Michigan’s labor movement applauds Governor Whitmer for being proactive in establishing a new Michigan Infrastructure Office. The resources and funds distributed by new office will keep Michiganders at work with good-paying UNION jobs modernizing our infrastructure and much more.”

“Providing coordination of the enormous investments for infrastructure coming from the federal government ensures that the money Michigan receives is spent in an effective and efficient manner,” said Rob Coppersmith, Executive Vice President of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association. “Our contractors across the state stand ready to take on the challenge of fixing and rebuilding Michigan’s infrastructure.”

“Coordinating investments across infrastructure types will be critical to ensuring federal resources are spent efficiently, “said Eric Frederick, Executive Director of Connected Nation Michigan. “Coordination between the new Michigan Infrastructure Office and the Michigan Office of High-Speed Internet will ensure that federal resources can be leveraged to connect every Michigander.”

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan, formally known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), will send billions of dollars to Michigan to help Governor Whitmer continue fixing the damn roads, bridges, and water infrastructure, replace lead service lines, expand the state’s electric vehicle charging network, deliver high-speed internet to more families and businesses, and so much more.

Fixing the Damn Roads

Since Governor Whitmer took office, the State of Michigan has repaired, replaced, or rehabilitated 13,198 lane miles of road and 903 bridges. In the 2021 bipartisan state budget, she invested $196 million to repair or replace nearly 100 local bridges in serious or critical condition, creating 2,500 jobs.

Governor Whitmer’s five-year, $3.5 billion Rebuilding Michigan bond plan to build up state highways and bridges without an increase at the pump is underway is underway, with construction underway on I-496, I-94, and other projects. These projects are supporting approximately 22,800 construction jobs and an additional 21,700 jobs in other industries.

This article originally appeared in The Michigan Chronicle. Read more here