LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, testified today before the Senate Transportation Committee on legislation that would expressly make public the construction data for 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 material used, specified design life of the pavement, and the names of the organizations responsible for the design, construction and inspection of the road. Not only would this information provide more transparency to taxpayers but it would also importantly provide the data necessary to help better enforce our existing road warranties.
“As we drive throughout Michigan we all see some roads that are clearly lasting longer, while others are clearly failing prematurely,” Sen. Colbeck said. “We need as much light shown as possible on those companies that are doing a good job and those who are doing poorly. SB 210 will help us to isolate whether or not the root cause of poor quality roads is in outdated design and construction methods, or is just because of improper construction where taxpayers are due necessary rework and reconstruction.”
Sen. Colbeck was a vocal opponent of the gas tax and registration fee increases implemented last session, arguing that innovation and quality were more important than simply raising taxes just to do more of the same old things in the same way. SB 210 would provide the Legislature and citizens at large with the information needed to make sure current road funds are being most effectively used.