Sen. Booher announces $4.4M in road repair projects

LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher announced on Thursday nearly $4.4 million in northern Michigan road repair projects.

“This is great news for the people of northern Michigan – both in terms of improved safety on the roads and an enhanced ability to compete for jobs,” said Booher, R-Evart. “A key part of attracting businesses and jobs to northern Michigan is improving our roads, and these projects are a step toward making our roads safer for all drivers and more efficient for transporting goods.”

The transportation projects are being funded by grants from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) through the $115 million state Roads and Risk Reserve Fund.

Booher helped announce six projects in the 35th District with a total investment of $4,387,000.

“This investment is possible with existing state revenue because we made the tough decisions to structurally balance the state budget and live within our means,” Booher said. “As a result, we are able to fund critical infrastructure projects to increase safety and support our economy. Beyond transporting products, good roads are about tourism. We want visitors to Michigan to return home touting their wonderful vacation, not the potholes.”

The projects in the 35th District include:
• $2 million for reconstruction on Old US-131 from Cadillac to Manton;
• $240,000 for repairs on Boon Road in Wexford County from US-131 to Seeley Road;
• $655,000 for numerous repairs and upgrades on BL 1-75/M-18 in Roscommon;
• $800,000 to repair four miles of Nine Mile Road in Manistee County;
• $342,000 for work on Fredrickson Road in Leelanau County’s Empire Township; and
• $350,000 to fix Brooks Road in Lake County.

“I want to thank everyone who helped make these projects possible,” Booher said. “I look forward to seeing them completed and will continue my efforts to direct more existing resources toward addressing our infrastructure needs.”