Rep. Ken Borton, R-Gaylord, released the following statement Monday after a recent announcement from the Michigan Department of Transportation outlining plans for a $55 million interstate interchange along 1-75 and M-32 in Gaylord.
“It’s great to see MDOT recognize both the poor condition of the I-75 interchange in Gaylord and the growing congestion motorists see during tourism seasons,” Borton said. “This project is a great investment in our community. I’m really looking forward to using the new interchange myself.”
The project is set to begin in 2026, with construction expected to wrap up in 2027. The current infrastructure was built in 1961 and, per MDOT, needs to be replaced due to poor condition.
State officials said the need for replacement allowed them to explore alternatives that would provide a more safe and efficient movement of people and goods through the Gaylord area. The interchange is also expected to accommodate future increased traffic.
For more information on the I-75 project, MDOT has created a project website.
“If we transition the passport program from opt-in to opt-out we are effectively creating a tax on people who don’t pay attention. We shouldn’t be forcing people to pay for a park pass they don’t even know they’re receiving and may never use. The governor is trying to bankroll her liberal agenda on the backs of working-class folks who won’t see the hit coming.”
“The governor is like that friend who wants to catch up over a pricey dinner but conveniently leaves right before the bill comes. The steak and potatoes look good on the menu, but the cost makes it a lot harder to swallow. I hope the public recognizes the governor won’t be sitting at the dinner table next to us when it comes time to pay for all her proposals.”
“Sometimes in this job I really have to remind myself that it’s impossible to help people who don’t want to help themselves. Democrats have zero interest in helping themselves, or the people of Michigan right now. All they have to do is walk across the aisle and negotiate if they’re truly interested in putting people first and making things better. But instead, they’re still grasping to the convoluted idea that they have complete control.”
“Earl Jones had a long, storied career serving our country and state,” said Borton, R-Gaylord. “He spent his entire life giving back to others, whether in military service or his work as a first responder. While we can never adequately thank him for his decades of service, I hope our festivities last weekend showed a small glimpse of how truly grateful our community is for his sacrifice.”