Unless a 2008-09 budget is resolved soon, Michigan may be forced to cancel road construction projects and lay off thousands of workers, legislators were warned in a letter sent them by the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.
And the group also said it was supporting the planning process for a new Detroit River International Crossing and urged lawmakers to add money in the budget for that process.
On Friday, the Senate ad hoc committee on DRIC is expected to finalize its recommendations. Reaching an agreement on DRIC has been the major stumbling block to winning a final conclusion on the budget.
In the letter, Mike Nystrom said the process just for shutting projects down would zap millions of dollars from transportation funding. In addition, the continued deterioration of state roads will cost Michigan jobs, he said. "We ask for your immediate assistance in ending the current budget stalemate and also in finding a solution to the desperate state of our long-term transportation needs," he said.