Jackson recently went through a Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating review where 100 miles of local streets and 55 miles of major streets within the city were evaluated on a 1-10 scale. Only 5 percent are in good enough condition where they don't need repairs. About 60 percent of city streets need repairs ranging from "significant" to "complete."
Rebuilding our infrastructure will jumpstart our economy, help revitalize our neighborhoods and downtown, and create good-paying jobs for Michigan workers. We need to get this done, and get it done right. That’s why it’s so important to hear directly from Jackson residents about their ideas, because nobody has all the answers. This is a tough problem to solve, working together we can find a solution.
It's no secret that our roads are deplorable. We need repairs to improve transit options like biking to work and school and to lessen the impact on our cars. Better roads mean our vehicles last longer and the ways we can move around our community increase. That means we need a plan for green infrastructure and future transportation options - and that takes a commitment to our environment.
We need to fix our roads to make our city more attractive for future families and businesses to want to move to Jackson. As a millennial, I know that investments in our downtown infrastructure make our downtown more attractive for the younger generation. So too will fixing roads in other areas of the city.
Fixing our roads requires that we dedicate our work around three broad strategies:
The state and federal government are failing to provide proper funding to fix our roads. We must develop a stable revenue source in Jackson that doesn’t require families to shoulder the cost alone.
Fix our roads right the first time. We should require our roads get fixed by well-trained Michigan construction workers and include strong, enforceable warranties that protect taxpayers.
Make sure we can maintain our roads. That means incorporating 'road dieting,' street sweeping, catch-basin cleaning, and green infrastructure into construction plans to extend the life of our roads.
Check out some of the articles below to follow our efforts and learn more about how we can fix Jackson roads.