State Rep. Bob Genetski today announced that Allegan County will benefit from almost $1.4 million in road improvement projects that will address some of the most critical road projects in the area, adding that a long term solution is still being worked on.
“I am very excited to be announcing these projects and this money headed to Allegan County,” said Genetski, R-Saugatuck. “This funding is only available because of the improved economy and improving revenues to the state for the current fiscal year. While legislators continue to work on a long term funding solution, this $1.4 million dollars will go a long way to improve travel in Allegan County.”
M-40 in Hamilton will receive over $200,000 for resurfacing between 134th Street to 136th Street. Additionally, 118th Avenue in Clyde Twp. from 48th to 57th streets will be resurfaced and widened.
The grant money was previously set aside by the Michigan Legislature to the Roads Risk Reserve Fund, which allocated a total of $230 million in the fiscal year 2014 budget for road improvements across the state. This appropriation was made to ensure that the money made it directly to road construction and vital improvements. One half of the existing state funds were available for appropriation late last year, and the other half is now being appropriated.
This funding is in addition to $285 million the Legislature approved for roads and bridges in June, which is part of the fiscal year 2015 budget.