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Gov. Whitmer announces transportation economic development grants that will improve Marquette Avenue in Bay City and Cuttle Road in the City of Marysville

January 23, 2020 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is awarding state Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category F grants of $375,000 to Bay City to improve Marquette Avenue and $375,000 to the City of Marysville to improve Cuttle Road.

"Fixing Michigan's roads will help us keep families safe, attract businesses, and grow our economy," said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. "I'm proud that we're rolling up our sleeves and getting to work in Bay City and Marysville, and I will continue working hard to ensure every Michigander can drive to work and drop their kids at school safely, without blowing a tire or cracking a windshield."

Bay City's Marquette Avenue is an important truck route that connects ports at the Independence and Liberty bridges to the rest of the city. It is the only north-south heavy truck route west of the Saginaw River in the northern part of Bay City. The high volume of commercial traffic has deteriorated the road surface and the pavement has reached the end of its useful life. To preserve the road's all-season capabilities, Bay City will mill and overlay Marquette Avenue from Hart Street to Transit Street.

The total cost of construction is $630,304, including $375,000 in Category F funds and $255,304 from Bay City.

Cuttle Road is a heavily used east-west truck route in the city of Marysville and serves as a bypass from the industrial area on the city's east side to I-94. The high volume of commercial and industrial vehicles has contributed to the deterioration of the road and the pavement is in poor condition. To preserve the route's all-season capability, the City of Marysville will reconstruct Cuttle Road from west of Shamrock Lane to just west of Pauls Court.

The total cost of construction is $509,403, including $375,000 in Category F funds and $134,403 from the City of Marysville.

Enacted in 1987 and reauthorized in 1993, the TEDF helps finance highway, road and street projects that are critical to the movement of people and products, and getting workers to their jobs, materials to growers and manufacturers, and finished goods to consumers. TEDF "Category F" or "Urban Areas in Rural Counties" grants provide state funding for public roadway improvements that create system continuity with the secondary all-season road system.

Category F grants provide funding for projects that include improving access to the state all-season system or improving safety and all-season capabilities on routes having high commercial traffic. Eligible road agencies include county road commissions, cities and villages. More information about the program is available online at