Paving the way for safer roads and a stronger economy

Categories: Fiscal Responsibility,Pure Michigan,Reinventing MI

Thanks to special funding set aside by the Michigan Legislature, more than 100 road and bridge projects have been announced today, paving the way to a brighter future here in the state.

State Reps. Kevin Daley and Tim Kelly join MDOT's Bay Region Engineer Robert Ranck Jr. as they look over the full list of road and bridge projects announced today.

State Reps. Kevin Daley and Tim Kelly join MDOT’s Bay Region Engineer Robert Ranck Jr. as they look over the full list of projects announced today.

During press conferences held in each of the seven MDOT regions in the state, legislators unveiled projects slated to begin in 2014.

The funds were dedicated to road and transportation funding in the fiscal year 2014 budget, when the Legislature created the Roads and Risks Reserve Fund. Half of the $230 million was available for appropriation on Oct. 1, 2013, and the other half can be appropriated for roads on Feb. 1, 2014, if it has not been dedicated to other purposes.

Just a few of the MDOT projects announced today were:

  • A $2 million resurfacing project on M-83 from Genesee Street to M-15 in Saginaw County.
  • A $2 million resurfacing project on US-23 from between Standish and Omer in Arenac County.
  • A $2 million resurfacing project on the US-10 Business Route (Eastman Avenue) from Saginaw Road to Jerome Street in Midland County.
  • A $2.47 million resurfacing project on M-37 from 3 Mile Road to Alpenhorn Drive in Kent County.
  • A $1.9 million repair project on M-21 from Hillcrest Drive to the east Ionia County line in Kent County.
  • A $2.2 million bridge maintenance project at eight locations on I-96 and one on I-196 in Ottawa County.
  • A $4.9 million resurfacing project on eastbound I-96 from the west county line to Novi Road in Oakland County.
  • A $3 million resurfacing project on M-59 from Elizabeth Lake Road to State Street in Oakland County.
  • A $1.1 million project on M-55 from the I-75 Business Loop (BL) to M-33 in Ogemaw County.
  • A $655,000 resurfacing project on the I-75 BL/M-18 in Roscommon.
  • A $1.1 million project to resurface M-43 from 64th Street to Blue Star Highway near South Haven in Van Buren County.
  • A $4 million resurfacing project on M-227 in Marshall, Calhoun County.
  • A $4.1 million resurfacing project on US-2 from east of the Delta County line to M-149 in Schoolcraft County.
  • A $3.5 million project to patch concrete on I-75 from the state line to I-275 in Monroe County.
  • A $1.75 project resurfacing project on M-106 from Portage River to Bunkerhill Road in Jackson County.

“These important road projects are good news to Michigan’s hardworking men and women and another positive step for the state to help create and attract more jobs,” said Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall. “We were able to prioritize existing taxpayer dollars to make needed improvements to Michigan roads and bridges statewide. As I’ve said before, however, this is just a down payment so we must continue to seek common sense ways to improve roads even more.”

The investment will mean safer roads for residents of Michigan – as well as the many tourists who visit the state – but it also means increased economic growth as these projects kick off in the New Year.

To view the full list of projects announced today, click here.