LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — The new director of the Michigan Department of Transportation is throwing his support behind Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed gas tax hike to fix the state’s crumbling roads.

Paul C. Ajegba took over as MDOT director in January, but he has been with the department for nearly 30 years.

Like the governor and others in her administration, Ajegba is traveling the state to drum up support for the proposed fuel tax of 45 cents per gallon.

The money, he says, would allow the department to bring 90 percent of the state’s roads up to “good” condition in about a decade.

“It took us 40 years of disinvestment to get to this point. We’ve dug ourselves a big hole and it’s going to take a while to climb out of it. And quite frankly, once we get to that 90 percent goal —I would hope by 2029 — the next generation will say, ‘Let’s do everything we can to keep it up there,’”Ajegba said.

But before any of that happens, Ajegba, Whitmer and others must sell the idea to a skeptical Legislature.

To hear the full conversation with Ajegba, watch “To The Point” Sunday at 10 a.m. on WOOD TV 8.