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    Michigan to get over $8B from Senate bipartisan infrastructure bill

    Washington — Michigan is slated to receive at least $8 billion in federal funding over five years for highway and bridge projects as part of the bipartisan infrastructure package that’s set to clear the Senate as early as Tuesday.

    That total includes $7.3 billion from federal highway programs and $563 million for bridge replacement and repairs, according to estimates by the White House based on transportation funding formulas. 

    That translates to a 31% boost in federal funding for Michigan roads and bridges, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Lansing Democrat, said Monday. 

    “What this bill is going to do is create resources to do a lot of the things that we need to rebuild Michigan that are so critical,” Stabenow said. “Michigan’s just about on every page of this bill.” 

    The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote some time Tuesday on final passage of the $1 trillion bill, which would devote $550 billion in new money toward the country’s physical infrastructure.

    Michigan would also see an additional $1 billion over five years to improve public transit options, the White House has estimated.

    The state may also compete for additional funding from the legislation’s $12.5 billion program for economically significant bridges and roughly $16 billion intended for major projects with economic benefits for communities, officials said.

    The infusion of federal money will make a difference for Michigan residents on the go but will also create good-paying jobs as construction goes forward, said U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township.

    “It’s exciting that we’re finally addressing infrastructure — basic infrastructure, roads and bridges in this country that have been neglected for far too long,” Peters said.

    Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., chairs a Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021.

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