Welcome to Michigan, where the U.S. knows us for our lakes, our winters, and notoriously for our roads. As I travel the states, anytime the CB chatter turns to roads, Michigan gets mentioned in a terrible light. I know it cannot be helped, Michigan has had a couple decades of hard knocks and slashed road budgets, after the last two economic down turns.
I say its time to rebuild. It's time to stop reinventing Michigan and start rebuilding and reinvesting in Michigan and its people. We have a state budget surplus, we could use it to start rebuilding our state's crumbling structures and roads.
If our state is to grow economically, we cannot grow on collapsing infrastructure and a 20th century logistics network. We must reinvest, upgrade, expand, and modernize our state's most critical infrastructures.
We are one of the states with some of the deadliest winter wrecks, its time to upgrade and make our roadways safer.
Wisconsin and other states have well defined emergency routes, and on ramp closure systems. We could implement these changes and increase our road safety, while easing traffic at the mile marker areas of roadway emergencies.
Lastly, the state could invest digital technologies and modern traffic flow systems, as we are on US 23, along all our state's busiest corridors
It's time to rebuild Michigan and attract new economic growth. As a State Senator, I will prioritize rebuilding our roads and modernizing. Together we can do it.
Mark Bignell is an alumni of Montcalm Community College and Grand Valley State University. He is a former Democratic Nominee for Michigan State Senate and current candidate.