MDOT FY 2021 Transportation Program Announced

By: MITA Engineering

The State Transportation Commission’s approval of the MDOT 2021-2025 Five-Year Transportation Program at their January meeting served as MDOT’s formal announcement that they will invest $4.17 billion in their FY 2021 Transportation Program. The focus of the FY 2021 capital investments will be improvement and preservation of the transportation system, safe mobility for motorists, and efficient system operations. The multimodal FY 2021 program will invest $121.15 million in the Aviation Program, $374 million in the Bus and Marine Programs, $109 million in the Rail and Port Programs, and $3.6 billion in the Highway Program.  


The FY 2021 Transportation Program investments are a vital part of Michigan’s continued economic growth and are estimated to support 45,600 jobs.


The FY 2021 Highway Program includes approximately $319 million for trunkline modernization, approximately $439 million for bridge replacement and preservation activities, and approximately $2.1 billion for roadway preservation activities.  MDOT has allocated $426 million to fund routine maintenance (snowplowing, mowing, etc.) performed by the Department, approximately $194 million for safety and systems operations, with the balance of the investments going to fund preliminary engineering (project scoping/design), construction engineering, right-of-way acquisition, and other miscellaneous state and federal programs. 


The MDOT estimates for their FY 2021 Repair and Rebuild Roads program (roadway preservation) include approximately: 640 lane miles of reconstruction and rehabilitation, 830 lane miles of capital preventive maintenance, and 280 lane miles of freeway and non-freeway resurfacing.


The FY 2021 Bridge Replacement and Preservation program will include the replacement, rehabilitation, and capital preventive maintenance on 300 bridges.


The FY 2021 Highway Program was developed based on anticipated federal and state revenues plus an additional $1.4 billion in Rebuilding Michigan program bond proceeds.  


For the 12-month period, July 2020 to June 2021, MDOT is projecting that approximately $2 billion in trunkline road and bridge projects will be advertised and let. 


To keep you abreast of their planned lettings, MDOT has provided several reports pertaining to the FY 2021 Highway Program. MDOT has committed to updating these reports monthly as they are subject to change due to, but not limited to: project delivery commitments, project estimate variability, obligation authority growth, and advanced construction strategies. MDOT acknowledges that some of the totals provided in these reports may not yet approach the projected totals detailed herein, as some projects planned for in FY 2021 may not be fully programmed at the time of this announcement.


To access these reports go to the Bid Letting webpage and scroll down to “Anticipated Projects”, where you will find the following reports:


  • 2021 Projected Lettings (update date)
  • Twelve Month Projected Lettings (update date)
  • 2021 Significant Projects (update date)
  • 2021 Quantity Report (update date
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