Orange barrels signal start of construction throughout state

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Reps. LaFontaine and Lauwers break ground on the Shea Road construction site.

A few weeks ago, we detailed some of the news stories we’ve seen recently announcing road and bridge improvement projects set to take place across the state this summer, thanks to money set aside by Republican leadership.

And now that construction season is in full swing, it’s exciting to see some of the new roads projects underway.

Earlier this week, Reps. Dan Lauwers and Andrea LaFontaine participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to signal the start of construction on Lapeer Road, where resurfacing and sewer and drainage improvement will take place between Beach and Wadham Roads.

They also broke ground on another local project over the summer, kicking off construction on Shea Road.

In the Southeast corner of the state, Rep. Dale Zorn also celebrated the start of construction on County Road 151, a much-need and long-awaited proj­ect to reconstruct 10.3 miles of the crumbling roadway.


Rep. Zorn kicks off 10.3 miles of reconstruction on County Road 151.

Over 200 other roads projects were announced during the 2014 fiscal year, made possible through the $230 million dedicated to the Roads and Risks Reserve (RRR) Fund — on top of the $121.3 million from the state General Fund already dedicated to transportation funds — and hopefully more will be starting soon. After all, the 2015 budget included yet another investment of $285 million into our state roads.  

The additional funding mean safer roads for Michigan residents and tourists alike, and they pave the way for a brighter future for everyone traveling in the Great Lake State.