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MDOT announces transportation grants to villages and small cities for road repair

LANSING, Mich. – Today, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces that 16 villages and cities across the state with populations less than 10,000 will receive road funding grants awarded through the Community Service Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) Category B program. Established by the state Legislature in 2018 and administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the CSIF is a stop-gap program to help fund road projects in small communities. Successful projects were selected, in part, because they are paired with planned infrastructure work, coordinated with other road agencies, focused on extending the useful life of the road, and lacked other funding sources.

Grant awards range from $30,000 to $250,000 for road resurfacing, culvert replacement, pavement crack sealing, and other preservative measures. The communities set to receive road funding grants include the cities of Allegan, Big Rapids, Dowagiac, Ecorse, Gladwin, Harrisville, Litchfield, St. Louis, and Vermontville, along with the villages of Almont, Baraga, Farwell, Hesperia, Homer, Sand Lake, and St. Charles. See www.Michigan.gov/TEDF for the project list and details.  

Enacted in 1987 and reauthorized in 1993, the Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) helps finance highway, road and street projects that are critical to the movement of people and products, and for getting workers to their jobs, materials to growers and manufacturers, and finished goods to consumers. TEDF "Category B," or the "Community Service Infrastructure Fund," grants provide $3 million per year through Fiscal Year 2023 to be allocated for road improvements in cities and villages with a population of 10,000 or fewer. More details about the individual grants and information about the program are available online at Transportation Economic Development Fund.

Christine Zuzga

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