For Immediate Release
July 3, 2014
Contact: Patrick Tiedt
LANSING—State Sen. Darwin Booher announced Thursday that approximately $2 million in funding has been awarded for three road projects across the 35th Senate District.
“I am pleased that northern Michigan will receive this funding to provide some needed repairs to area roadways,” said Booher, R-Evart. “The Legislature worked with the governor and MDOT to use existing state revenue to fund these projects. These dollars will be put to use immediately, while policymakers continue to review a long-term funding source for our roads.”
The projects include:
• $442,500 for M-55 from 31 Road to M-115;
• $560,000 for the I-75 business loop in Roscommon from Billman Road to the I-75 southbound ramp; and
• $1 million for Deadstream Road in Benzie County between US-131 and M-22.
Public Act 34 of 2014 provides supplemental appropriations for various state government departments covering Fiscal Year 2015. The total gross amount allocated for the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Priority Road Investment Program is $114,942,610.
Booher said many of these projects would not have been funded if not for the supplemental dollars.
“The approximately $115 million for road projects is part of more than $700 million extra general fund dollars allocated to Michigan roads,” Booher said. “During the past several years, lawmakers have made some tough decisions to balance the state’s budget and live within our means. That has helped free up existing revenue to use on our roads.”