The following is a summary of a Letter to the Editor that was published in the Bay City Times February 2, 2006.
From “People's Forum”. Voice: Michael A. Nystrom, Vice President, Government and Public Relations, Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, Okemos: “Much of the recent coverage of the Ford Wixom Assembly Plant being idled is right on - and is ultimately a reflection of the difficulties that face Michigan's economy. In order to stimulate our economy, Michigan needs to entice new businesses into the state and convince existing businesses to stay. Repairing Michigan's crumbling infrastructure is key. Among the many reasons the Wixom plant will be idled is the fact that it suffered from antiquated highway ramps at the plant's main traffic interchange, Wixom Road and Interstate 96. This interchange was designed for a rural community and still has not been upgraded to improve interstate access for the plant. When the interstate highway system began 50 years ago, it was used to bring the country out of the post-war depression. Our governor and Legislature must use that same philosophy to build Michigan back into the economic power that it was and still can be.”