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White House adviser visits I-69 Rebuilding Michigan project in Eaton County

Fast facts:

- MDOT is rebuilding 5 miles of I-69 between I-96 and Airport Road.
- The $73 million project supports an estimated 927 jobs.  
- These improvements will provide increased safety and mobility in this area of I-69, which is a significant state, national, and international trade corridor.

LANSING, Mich. ­- On Friday, Oct. 14, White House senior adviser and infrastructure implementation coordinator Mitch Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin joined Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director Paul C. Ajegba, Michigan Chief Infrastructure Officer Zach Kolodin, and local leaders to tour the nearly completed I-69 bridge restoration project over the Grand River in Delta Charter Township, Eaton County. A video news release of the tour and remarks by the group is posted on MDOT's YouTube channel.

"We continue to make meaningful progress and I look forward to so much more because of the Rebuilding Michigan initiative and our federal partners,” said Ajegba. “I want to thank Mayor Landrieu for taking an interest in this project, which showcases how MDOT and the Federal Highway Administration are responding to the perils of climate change by building resiliency."

The $73 million investment to rebuild I-69 from Airport Road to the I-96/I-69 interchange in Clinton and Eaton counties includes rebuilding more than 5 miles of I-69, rebuilding the interchanges at Francis and Airport roads, and performing preventive maintenance and repairs on 13 bridges. Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 927 jobs.

Funding for this project is made possible by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state's economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improves the condition of the state's infrastructure.

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