$4 Million Slated to Rebuild Roads Essential to Michigan's Economy

Contact: John Truscott (517) 335-6397

Governor Engler announced today that several local roads in the state will undergo $4 million in needed improvements aimed at keeping commercial trucks, and Michigan's economy, rolling year-round. The Michigan Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) will provide $2.7 million of the total required for ten road commissions and cities to create continuous all-season routes that link current and future manufacturers to state roads.

"Many Michigan companies need continuous, year-round shipping in order to compete globally," said Governor Engler. "The TEDF supports our long-term economic strategy of investing in road improvements that support good-paying jobs, and keep Michigan's economy moving forward."

The TEDF will support projects in Alpena, Berrien, Delta, Gogebic, Lenawee, Livingston, Midland, Muskegon, Washtenaw and Wexford counties. The work, including reconstruction, resurfacing and widening, will eliminate seasonal weight restrictions that can severely restrict shipping operations. Eleven projects were selected based on current average daily traffic volumes and the percentage of traffic that is commercial in nature.

The TEDF is funded through the Michigan Transportation Fund to improve access to the state's all-season system, including the 4,275-mile Priority Commercial Network, considered the most important to Michigan's economy. Eligible applicants are county, city and village road agencies within counties with a population of 400,000 or less.

2001 TEDF CATEGORY "F" PROJECTS

Alpena County

Alpena County Road Commission will improve two-tenths mile of Werth Road from the Lake State Railway Crossing to the Alpena city limits. Improvements will include reconstruction, intersection improvement and railroad crossing work to complete all-season road linkage with existing all-season segments. The $95,000 project will receive $71,250 from the state TEDF.

Berrien County

Berrien County Road Commission will improve 2.8 miles of Yore Avenue from Napier Avenue to Pipestone Road. Improvements will include reconstruction and shoulder work to complete all-season road facility to accommodate increased commercial traffic. The $708,000 project will receive $374,900 from the state TEDF.

Delta County

Delta County Road Commission will improve 1.3 miles of County Road 515 from the Gladstone city limits north. Improvements will include reconstruction to upgrade roadway to all-season standards. The $275,000 project will receive $220,000 from the state TEDF.

Gogebic County

City of Ironwood will improve four-tenths mile of McLeod Avenue from US-BR2 to Lowell Street. Improvements will include reconstruction and geometric improvements to remove seasonal weight restrictions on this all-season truck route. The $475,000 project will receive $375,000 from the state TEDF.

Lenawee County

City of Tecumseh will improve one-half mile of Maumee Street from Pottawatamie Street to Russell Road. Improvements will include reconstruction and resurfacing to complete all-season truck route. The $239,140 project will receive $188,112 from the state TEDF.

Livingston County

City of Howell will improve three-tenths mile of Marion and Dearborn streets from Michigan Avenue to Livingston Street. Improvements will include reconstruction and resurfacing to upgrade to all-season standards, completing truck bypass route. The $260,000 project will receive $208,000 from the state TEDF.

Midland County

City of Midland will improve one-half mile of Bay City Road from the Central Michigan Railway Crossing to Waldo Road. Improvements will include joint repair and resurfacing to accommodate increased commercial traffic volumes due to the reconstruction of the US-10/Bay City Road interchange. The $365,000 project will receive $290,000 from the state TEDF.

Muskegon County

City of Muskegon will improve one-half mile of Laketon Avenue from Wood Street to Peck Street. Improvements will include resurfacing and addition of a continuous center left-turn lane to accommodate commercial vehicle usage and reduce accidents. The $350,000 project will receive $150,000 from the state TEDF.

Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County Road Commissionwill improve one mile of Ann Arbor-Saline Road from Maple Road to Oak Valley Drive. Improvements will include reconstruction and resurfacing to complete continuous all-season route between I-94 and the city of Saline. The $500,000 project will receive $375,000 from the state TEDF.

The city of Saline will improve one mile of Maple Road from US-12 to Maplewood Drive. Improvements will include resurfacing to complete all-season road link with county all-season road network. The $500,000 project will receive $375,000 from the state TEDF.

Wexford County

City of Cadillac will improve four-tenths mile of Bond Street from Haynes Street to Wright Street. Improvements will include reconstruction to upgrade existing truck route to all-season standards. The $150,000 project will receive $120,000 from the state TEDF.

Editor's Note: For further information on these projects of the TEDF, contact MDOT's Jennifer Murray, Director of Communications, at 517-335-3084 or Jackie Shinn, Administrator of the Office of Economic Development, at 517-335-1069.

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