State Rep. Kurt Heise, a member of the House Transportation Committee, today announced over $2.4 million in funds are coming into western Wayne County to help fix local roads.
The projects that he helped secure funding for are:
- $300,000 for I-275, from M-153 to 5 Mile, to help with concrete repairs;
- $900,000 for Silver Springs Drive, from 7 Mile to 8 Mile, to reconstruct and repave;
- $700,000 for Lilley Road, from Ann Arbor to Plymouth, to do new overlay; and
- $575,000 for Plymouth Road, from Mill Street to Haggerty, to do new overlay.
“These project awards are a direct result of the hard work that I have done on the transportation committee and in transportation town halls this fall, to ensure that our roads get the funding attention they desperately need” said Heise, R-Plymouth Township. “While, this list of projects is a good first step to making our local roads better and safer for the hard-working people of Michigan, more work is needed and we must find a long-term solution –I will continue to work for the people and help create a long-term solution.”
Although the state Legislature and governor have allocated almost $870 million to improve roads and bridges since fiscal year 2012, the state spent zero general fund dollars on roads during fiscal years 2003-11 creating wide-spread deterioration of Michigan roads.
“These projects will serve thousands of area residents making the quality of life in our communities better, our roads more efficient, and the transportation of our children on the way to school safer,” Heise said. “We deserve to have better roads in this state, and it is incumbent upon elected officials in Lansing to find a way to accomplish that without putting it on the people by way of higher taxes.”