Road improvement projects on Ottawa Beach Road and M-104 will begin soon thanks to additional funding set aside by the Michigan Legislature in the 2014 budget, announced state Rep. Amanda Price.
In Ottawa County, $1.3 million will go toward repaving M-104 between Lake Avenue and 124th Avenue, while another $200,000 will be dedicated to improvements on Ottawa Beach Road from 160th Avenue to 144th Avenue.
“These projects will make all of our commutes just a little bit safer, and that’s something we can all benefit from,” said Price, R-Park Township. “Our roads and bridges need immediate attention, and these state funds will go a long way in patching the potholes we see right now.”
While the new projects are good news for the area, Price remains committed to finding a long-term road-funding solution.
More than $230 million in existing state funds was set aside in fiscal year 2014 to be used on road and bridge projects across Michigan. One half was appropriated in December of last year, with the other half now being allocated to summer improvement projects throughout the state.
The Legislature also approved an additional $285 million for roads and bridges in June as a part of the fiscal year 2015 budget. Since FY 2012, the state has allocated nearly $870 million to improve roads and bridges – a stark contrast to the zero general fund dollars spent on roads between 2003 and 2011.