The state took another hard shot Thursday when the Michigan Department of Transportation announced it has canceled more than 137 road and bridge projects, totaling $740 million, due to Michigan's inability to match federal dollars. Michigan's portion of the federal match for road construction will now go to other states.
"We are in a state of crisis when it comes to our transportation funding, and it is being felt in every community across the state," said Mike Nystrom, vice president of government and public relations for the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, which represents 800 construction related companies within the state. The list of canceled projects, which includes 28 high-profile projects in Metro Detroit, was part of MDOT's five-year road and bridge program presented earlier this week to the House Transportation Committee. Nearly $247.8 million would have been spent on road projects in Metro Detroit.
"These projects are vital to Michigan's economic future," said Nystrom. "When roads are maintained, they attract new business. Economic and job growth will not happen in Michigan when MDOT is forced to cancel critical infrastructure projects."