Governor Whitmer visits Douglas on the Rebuilding Michigan Tour

Governor Gretchen Whitmer stopped in Douglas, Michigan on Tuesday, April 13th to discuss the segment of road works on I-196 that is part of her plan to rebuild Michigan.

Brian Vernellis, The Holland Sentinel

DOUGLAS, me. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited Allegan County Tuesday and stopped to see the progress of road construction on Interstate 196 in Douglas.

Construction is currently underway on a 12-mile stretch of the I-196 from Holland to Saugatuck. The crews are rebuilding the south side of the motorway, starting on the M-40 in Holland and ending on 130th Avenue. The construction work is expected to be completed in November.

The construction is part of Whitmer’s five-year plan for rebuilding Michigan – a $ 3.5 billion bonding plan that Whitmer announced in 2020 after road spending negotiations with Republicans collapsed in the Legislature the previous year.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Whitmer said she was still confident that she and the Republican leadership in the legislature can reach an agreement on infrastructure spending for the upcoming fiscal year 2021-22 budget.

“Ultimately, we need to have long-term, sustainable funding for roads,” said Whitmer. “This Michigan rebuild bonding plan is a great start. That way I was able to get started without waiting for legislation to come up with a long-term solution. I am still ready to work with you on this.”

Whitmer praised the American Jobs Plan, a $ 2 trillion proposal from President Joe Biden that includes funding for federal highways, bridges, broadband infrastructure, and numerous other initiatives. However, she said the state still needs to find a solution for the local roads.

In February Whitmer unveiled a proposed budget that included $ 300 million to repair local bridges.

– Contact the reporter Arpan Lobo at alobo@hollandsentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter @arpanlobo.