State Issues Affecting Costs

Michigan must completely rethink the system of MDOT and county road commission organizations that are used to plan, build and maintain the highway system and find ways to improve the productivity and efficiency of the system. That means considering elimination of some organizations, consolidation of organizations, elimination of some agency functions, and privatization of some activities. It also means re-evaluating the way we acquire land for projects, reevaluating design standards we are imposing on projects, using value engineering techniques to lower costs, eliminating prevailing wage laws, considering tort reform for highway related claims, and imposing strict cost-benefit analyses of environmental and other regulations that increase the costs of construction.