Governor Gretchen Whitmer says automotive innovation goes hand-in-hand with Michigan’s efforts to fix its roads.
“Potholes are neither Republican nor Democratic, but they are tearing up our cars and compromising our ability to lure investment in the state of Michigan,” Whitmer told reporters at an event in Grand Rapids.
Whitmer is getting ready to head to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show. The annual event is going on this week. Whitmer says she’s been learning more about innovation in the auto industry. This is part of her effort to keep her signature campaign promise to, “fix the damn roads.”
“We have to build roads that can communicate with cars. Not just roads that don’t tear up your car as you’re driving down 28th Street, but roads that are of the future so we can maintain our edge in mobility,” she said.
Whitmer is scheduled to be at the show Tuesday. According to her schedule, Whitmer will walk around to view exhibits and attend the PlanetM Awards. A spokesperson also says Whitmer plans to attend the auto show on Friday.