Transportation grants villages and small cities for road repair

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May 9, 2019 — Twenty-three villages and cities across the state with populations less than 10,000 will receive road funding grants through a new Community Service Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) program. Established by the state Legislature in December 2018 and administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the CSIF is a stop-gap program to help fund road projects in small communities starting this construction season. Successful projects were selected, in part, because they are shovel-ready, paired with planned infrastructure work, coordinated with other road agencies, focused on extending the useful life of the road, and lacked other funding sources.   

             “This grant is great news for communities across the state that need help getting their roads fixed right now,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “I’m glad we’ve been able to get this new funding out the door quickly so we can get to work meeting some of our most critical infrastructure needs. While this should not be viewed as a solution to our statewide road funding crisis, it will serve as a critical measure of relief for these communities until we implement a real transportation funding solution.”

             Grant awards range from $20,000 to $250,000 for road resurfacing, culvert replacement, pavement crack sealing and shoulder paving. The villages and cities to receive road funding grants include St. Louis, Springfield, Tustin, Bronson, Quincy, Thompsonville, Baraga, Ecorse, Marcellus, Bloomingdale, Coleman, Springport, Kaleva, Montrose, Sebewaing, White Cloud, Hillsdale, Breedsville, Maple Rapids, Mancelona, Olivet, North Adams, and Hersey. See www.Michigan.gov/TEDF for the project list and details.  

             Enacted in 1987 and reauthorized in 1993, the Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) helps finance highway, road and street projects that are critical to the movement of people and products, and for getting workers to their jobs, materials to growers and manufacturers, and finished goods to consumers. TEDF “Category B,” or the “Community Service Infrastructure Fund,” grants provide $3 million per year through Fiscal Year 2023 to be allocated for road improvements in cities and villages with a population of 10,000 or fewer. FY 2020 grant awards will be announced at the end of May. More details about the individual grants and information about the program are available online at www.Michigan.gov/TEDF.

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