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Legislators announce Roads and Risks Reserve Fund projects

Contact: Jeff Cranson, MDOT Director of Communications,
 cransonj@michigan.gov
517-335-3084
Agency: Transportation

December 19, 2013 -- Legislators throughout Michigan announced this morning a list of 103 state and local transportation projects made possible through the $115 million Roads and Risks Reserve (RRR) Fund.

At seven simultaneous events across the state, legislators unveiled the projects in their districts that are slated to be built in 2014 due to the additional funding.

"This is fantastic news and a great first step toward improving our roads," said Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. "Three years of sound budget decisions and living within our means has made it possible to direct existing resources toward our roads. Instead of seeking new revenue, we were able to tighten our belts and fund priority projects throughout the state. The people of Michigan want and deserve better roads. There is still much more work to be done to address all of our infrastructure needs in Michigan, but this is an important part of that process."

"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."

As part of the Fiscal Year 2014 General Government budget, the Legislature created the RRR Fund, using $230 million in one-time General Fund revenue. One-half of the funds were 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.

This funding is in addition to $121.3 million from the state General Fund used to fully match available federal transportation funds.

“I'm very encouraged by the Legislature's willingness to devote greater investment in our transportation system," said Gov. Rick Snyder. "The Roads and Risks Reserve Fund is a terrific start, and we'll carry that momentum forward to our goal of fully funding the needs of Michigan's roads, bridges, rails, airports and public transit. The longer we wait, the more difficult the solution will be."

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is prepared to deliver the additional state highway and bridge projects this coming construction season, addressing more of the infrastructure needs in the state.

"By creating the Roads and Risks Reserve Fund, the Legislature acknowledged the vital need for investing in Michigan's transportation system," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "MDOT appreciates this additional funding, and we will continue working with lawmakers and Gov. Snyder to identify a long-term solution to maintain infrastructure to support Michigan's economic comeback."

Among the MDOT projects that will be built though the RRR are:
- 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.

A full list of projects is available at: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/OGA_Dec12_State_List_442695_7.pdf.




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