It's more than the roads.
As a Nation we are woefully behind in the repair and upgrade of our infrastructure and a 2018 report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers gives both the U.S. and Michigan a D+. As a state, we are at a critical time in making decisions about our infrastructure that will ensure a positive path (no pun intended) for progress. Government should not be driven by profit in ensuring that we make the necessary investments in what we value - in this case, infrastructure - and the taxes we pay should support and enhance our potential for business growth and learning potential, regardless of where you live in Michigan. It’s about investing in what we value.
Make repairing our roads and bridges a top priority in 2021
Repairing and maintaining our roads and infrastructure is not only critical for the safety and well being of our citizens, but also for continued growth and prosperity of Michigan businesses, and incentive for outside businesses to move to Michigan. Making Michigan’s roads less dangerous would reduce the costs of shipping, and further incentivize businesses to move to our state. (consider adding, on a smaller scale, reduce cost of vehicle maintenance and repair while improving roadway safety)
Implement policies and appropriate funding to increase broadband access, for both fixed (in homes, institutions, and businesses) and mobile access.
Broadband is defined as high speed internet access. Michigan ranks 30th as a state in broadband access. Equitable access to broadband is key to Michigan’s future success in all sectors of our society-public and private. There is currently a digital desert in access throughout Michigan for private citizens and businesses located in suburban, urban and rural areas resulting in a loss of positive economic and education outcomes.
Explore alternative material usage when repairing roads and bridges.
We’re all familiar with construction projects that appear to never end, where our roads and bridges are seemingly always in need of repair. Based on engineering research and empirical data, there are several feasible alternatives to improve current road and bridge repair practices. For example, the use of rubber additives, self-healing concrete, and carbon fiber structures would provide a more sustainable solution to repairing our potholes and bridges, ensuring that we aren’t just putting a “band-aid” on the problem and addressing it again every year. Using sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives, we can improve our crumbling infrastructure for years to come.