Hildenbrand announces $2 million for critical local road projects

For Immediate Release         
July 3, 2014        

Contact: Fred Schaible
(517) 373-1801

LANSING—Two critical road projects in the city of Grand Rapids are now green-lighted thanks to an appropriation of more than $2 million of state general fund revenue.

State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, worked closely with city officials and the Michigan Department of Transportation to ensure Grand Rapids received its fair share of critical road dollars.

“Everyone agrees that we need to invest more into fixing our transportation infrastructure,” said Hildenbrand. “This appropriation of over $2 million in general fund revenue will help complete two long-overdue significant road projects. Once completed, these improvements will enhance the condition of the roadway for daily commuters and ensure that Grand Rapids is able to accommodate the increased use and demand of these roads.”

The two projects that will be completed with this state general fund revenue are:
• Michigan Street from Barclay to Lafayette and Eastern Avenue to Fuller ($998,850)
• Bridge Street from Lake Michigan Drive to Mt. Mercy Drive and Valley to Summer ($1,125,000)

This money will be used during the current construction season. With the fast-track schedule, motorists should be able to see the results of this investment before the end of the year.

“We have made fixing our roads a priority in Lansing. In addition to these two projects, almost $1 billion of additional funding has been approved by the Legislature and governor to improve our state's infrastructure over the next two years.” Hildenbrand said. “I remain committed to working with my colleagues to continue to invest more in our roads and improve the quality of our infrastructure here in Michigan.”