Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive directive Monday, April 3, detailing West Michigan's participation in a new pilot program meant to streamline funding and construction of local infrastructure.
"Think about that street in front of your house or where you work," Snyder said. "How many times have you seen it torn up?"
The initiative will coordinate water, sewer and broadband projects so that a site is rebuilt only once instead of several separate times. The goal is to shift away from the "break-and-fix" method that Michigan has fallen into over the years.
Grand Rapids Deputy City Manager Eric DeLong, just one of many government officials throwing his support behind this initiative, cites Michigan's Roads and Bridges annual report that found 39 percent of the state's roads to be in poor condition and nearly 1,200 bridges in need of extensive work
"We've been on kind of a break-fix mode," DeLong said. "That really is not the way you should run a business, the way you should run a state, the way we run our local governments."
The governor will asses the findings of West Michigan and a town in the southeast before scaling the project statewide.
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