Legislation will expand road funding opportunities in Wayne County communities

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 29, 2018 — Senator Adam Hollier (D–Detroit) today had his first introduced amendment, to Senate Bill 1116, unanimously passed by members of the Michigan Senate.

The bill amends the Transportation Economic Development Fund Act (PA 231 of 1987) to provide $3 million annually for road projects in cities and villages with populations of 10,000 or less. Sen. Hollier’s amendment raises the population criteria to 11,000, so that communities such as Highland Park could be included.

“When the very communities responsible for the automobiles we drive each day don’t have safe roads, we know we can do better,” Sen. Hollier said. “It is our responsibility to ensure Michigan residents can get to school and work safely each day.”

The $3 million from the TEDF will be used to provide grants to communities for the reconstruction, replacement, rehabilitation and capital prevention maintenance of their roads from 2019 through 2023.

A single grant cannot exceed $250,000 and the locals must provide at least a 50 percent match.

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