Members of the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission — appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder in March 2016 — today released their report and recommendations regarding roads, bridges, and water treatment systems statewide.
The report suggests an additional $4 billion per year will be necessary to address what the group deems “urgent needs.” The 27-member commission assessed four key areas: transport, communications and energy, funding and policy, and water, sewer, and stormwater drainage.
Janice Beecher, director of Michigan State University’s Institute of Public Utilities in East Lansing served on the commission, and sees the work to date as a preliminary step in ensuring statewide safety.
“The report is not the end – it’s the beginning of a long-term commitment to meeting the state’s urgent infrastructure needs for generations to come,” Beecher says. “While the challenges are great, so are the opportunities. The commission’s findings and recommendations will shape practices, policies, and research in Michigan and beyond.”
The commission believes their recommendations will bring Michigan’s current infrastructure systems up to good condition across all agencies, as well as allowing the state to invest in these systems for the future. They believe the improvements will “help enhance the quality of life for all residents,” and provide healthier communities and stronger foundations for generations of Michiganders. The investment needs outlined in the group’s report are over a 20-year timeline, with federal, state, and local agencies contributing, as well as private partners and ratepayers.
The full report can be accessed here.