Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director Paul Ajegba was in Washington, D.C., this week to talk to federal officials about the need for more infrastructure spending and to talk up Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan five-year transportation plan.
As the Advance reported, the U.S. Senate this week did not advance the bipartisan infrastructure plan championed by President Joe Biden, but talks are continuing.
“Our federal legislators and officials, as well as our state counterparts and peers, are crucial partners in our efforts to build secure, resilient, and lasting infrastructure in Michigan,” Ajegba said. “It was an honor to meet in person with our federal partners to discuss the shovel-worthy projects across the state that are part of our governor’s ambitious Rebuilding Michigan program. We also discussed how federal infrastructure dollars could support our work.”
The state of Michigan this month submitted applications to the USDOT’s 2021 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program.
Ajegba also joined a two-day meeting of the Board of Directors of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO).