LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt on Thursday joined a bipartisan effort to send to the governor legislation that would outline $4.7 billion in federal and state funding for necessary road and bridge repairs, water infrastructure upgrades and state park improvements.
“Continuing to make needed repairs to Michigan’s aging infrastructure, both above and below ground, has been a consistent priority of mine, and of the Legislature for years,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “The funds we approved will help solidify the long-term health of our state and continue working to make needed repairs to roads and bridges and other infrastructure upgrades that will benefit Michiganders long into the future.”
Senate Bill 565 would use $4.1 billion in federal funding and $571 million in state resources to make improvements to the state’s infrastructure. The bill includes over $1.7 billion to help communities improve their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure — with at least 25% of drinking water funding dedicated to replacing lead pipes.
Also contained in the funding measure is $50 million to install filtered water stations in schools, $60 million to help reduce PFAS or other contaminants, $35 million to help make repairs or upgrades to failing septic systems, and $30 million to improve management of groundwater resources and drinking water systems.
The bill also features $450 million to make infrastructure upgrades at state and local parks, over $322 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds for small local governments, nearly $317 million in federal funding to fixing aging roads and bridges, and $250 million to help improve broadband connectivity to more households and small businesses.
“This unprecedented level of federal funding gave us a unique opportunity to make responsible, transformative changes that focus on the needs of our state and will benefit Michigan families, businesses and communities for decades,” Schmidt said.