January 25, 2021 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is awarding a state Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category F grant of $375,000 to the City of Kalamazoo.
"From day one, I've been clear that we need to invest more in our state's roads," said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. "Today, I'm proud to announce a transportation economic development grant that will help the City of Kalamazoo rebuild an important corridor in the community. Road projects like this connect workers to jobs and provide important links for our communities. We must do more to fix our roads and I stand ready to work with anyone willing to get the job done."
Miller Road is a major east-west roadway in the city of Kalamazoo, serving several large industrial developments and providing access (via Sprinkle Road) to I-94, I-94 Business Loop, M-96, and M-43. Years of heavy industrial and commercial use have contributed to the deterioration of the roadway and the pavement is nearing the end of its operational life.
To preserve the roadway's all-season capabilities, the City of Kalamazoo will rebuild Miller Road from Emerald Drive to S. Sprinkle Road. Additional work includes replacing curb and gutter and upgrading ramps at intersections to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The total cost of the project is $775,575, with $375,000 in Category F funds and $400,575 in matching funds from the City of Kalamazoo.
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.