LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, introduced transparency legislation on Wednesday that would provide the public with information on road projects throughout the state.
Senate Bill 210 would require the Michigan Department of Transportation to provide the general public with informational profiles of major road projects. These profiles would include the specified design life of the pavement, the load profile assumptions for that design life (that is, how heavy are the trucks), as well as the organizations responsible for the design, construction and inspection of the road. This information would provide more transparency to taxpayers and also provide information necessary to help enforce existing road warranties.
“It is time to get to the bottom of why some roads fail before their design life is over while other roads exceed their design life,” Sen. Colbeck said. “SB 210 will help us to isolate whether or not the root cause of poor quality roads is their design, construction, or that they are being subject to loads that exceed their design specifications.”
The data collected via the legislation would help to better enforce warranties, thereby encouraging a higher quality road system without additional taxpayer expense.
Sen. Colbeck was a vocal opponent of the gas tax and registration fee increases implemented last session. He opposed the legislation and provided a plan to fix our roads without raising taxes or fees. SB 210 would provide the Legislature and citizens at large with the information needed to make sure our current road funds are being used effectively.