January 23, 2020 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is awarding state Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category F grants of $344,220 to the Calhoun County Road Department to improve Morgan Road and $375,000 to the City of Coldwater to improve Sauk River Drive.
"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 Calhoun and Branch counties, 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."
Calhoun County's Morgan Road in Bedford Township is an important all-season route connecting M-37 with M-66. Heavy industrial and commercial use has contributed to the deterioration of the road and the pavement is nearing the end of its operational life. To preserve the road's all-season capabilities, the Calhoun County Road Department will mill and resurface Morgan Road from M-37 to North Avenue.
The total cost of construction is $925,000, including $344,220 in Category F funds and $580,780 from the Calhoun County Road Department.
Sauk River Drive in the city of Coldwater is an important east-west all-season route serving numerous commercial and industrial businesses. The high volume of commercial traffic has contributed to the deterioration of the road and the pavement is nearing the end of its operational life. To preserve the road's all-season capabilities, the City of Coldwater will resurface Sauk River Drive from S. Michigan Avenue to S. Willowbrook Road. The city will also improve safety by widening the road to provide a dedicated center turn lane.
The total cost of construction is $495,347, including $375,000 in Category F funds and $120,347 from the City of Coldwater.
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 www.Michigan.gov/TEDF.