State Rep. Chris Afendoulis today voted in favor of a funding package which would send over $6 million to pay for roads and bridges in Kent County. The funding for Kent County is part of House Bill 4321, a broader supplemental appropriation bill which allocates $175 million toward transportation needs across the state.
“When I ran for State Representative, I promised my constituents that I would make fixing Michigan’s roads a top priority,” Afendoulis said. “This funding is a big step forward. As I have said in the past, to the extent we have funds available, we should find ways to invest in and improve our aging infrastructure.”
House Bill 4321 would send about $6.2 million for road projects to Kent County. That figure includes $3.3 million for the Kent County Road Commission and $74,000 for the City of East Grand Rapids. The legislation passed the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday and now heads to the House Floor for consideration.
“I am hopeful that the House of Representatives, the Michigan Senate, and Governor Snyder will act quickly to enact this legislation,” Afendoulis added. “With construction season almost upon us, this will boost the resources available to our counties and local governments to keep improving our roads.”
The breakdown of the $6,186,860 in funding for the 73rd District is as follows:
- Kent County Road Commission: $3,337,648 (countywide)
- City of East Grand Rapids: $73,879