Trump administration rolls out infrastructure plan - but who pays?
(WJBK) - The Trump administration is unrolling a new infrastructure plan but the question now is who is going to pay for it.
"We are trying to build roads and bridges, and fix bridges that are falling down - and we have a hard time getting the money," President Donald Trump said. "It's crazy."
Trump announced a $200 billion infrastructure initiative - an area he says has been ignored for too long, partially he says because of $7 trillion dollars spent in the Middle East over the last two decades.
Under the president's plan - state and local governments decide what projects take priority not the federal government.
"It provides $50 billion for rural infrastructure, who have really been left out," Trump said. "It will create thousands of jobs, and increase training for our American workers."
Half of that $200 billion only up for grabs as part of an incentive program, leaving the majority of funding to come from the state for infrastructure projects.
"It is good to see the federal government talking about it and I would encourage they put enough resources behind it," Gov. Rick Snyder said.
Snyder says the plan is too new to know exactly how much of the financial burden will fall on the states.
"We have underinvested in our infrastructure in this nation for too long," Snyder said. "We need to step it up."
This has been underinvested for far too long and we need to step up."
Here in Michigan it's clear one glaring issue are potholes.
"I did the budget recommendation last week and I asked to accelerate more money into roads," Snyder said.
It's possible the federal government would partially invest in pothole programs down the road in Michigan - but for now Snyder says the state is already expanding funding.
"It's nearly a billion more than what we did just three or four years ago and that's a huge investment," Snyder said.
A list of pothole projects is happening this week in metro Detroit...we will list areas to avoid from MDOT:
- EB I-696 between US-24 and I-94 repaired first, followed by WB 696 from Dequindre to US-24.
- I-75 between 12 Mile and Coolidge, SB is being done first, followed by NB.
- US-24 between Long Lake and Orchard Lake, SB will be repaired first, followed by NB.
- SB US-24 from Orchard Lake to Square Lake: - 9:30 - 7 pm: 1 right lane open, 2 left closed
- EB I-696 in Macomb from Dequindre to Ryan AND in Oakland from US-24 to Lahser: - 7 am - 9 am: 2 right lanes open, 2 left closed, -9 am - 3 pm: 1 right lane open, 3 left closed -3 pm - 7 pm: 2 right lanes open, 2 left closed
- SB I-75 from Coolidge to Square Lake: -7 am - 9 am: 2 right lanes open, 2 left closed -9 am - 3 pm: 1 right lane open, 3 left closed -3 pm - 7 pm: 2 right lanes open, 2 left closed
- US-24 from Orchard Lake to Square Lake: 8 am - 7 pm: 1 right lane open, 2 left closed