Road funding for Upper Peninsula

LANSING — Like you, I’m frustrated with the condition of our roads.

That’s why I fought for a plan to provide an additional $175 million in road and bridge funding statewide without raising taxes or fees. The money will go directly to counties, cities and villages for road preservation and construction.

Some of the communities in line for additional funding include Menominee County ($376,372), Dickinson County ($313,720), and Delta County ($418,066). Local cities and villages also will receive funding including Carney ($3,268), Daggett ($4,290), Escanaba ($102,891), Garden ($2,044), Gladstone ($48,247), Iron Mountain ($69,973), Kingsford ($46,900), Menominee City ($72,393), Norway ($31,603), Powers ($5,225) and Stephenson ($9,488).

This money will be used for the current construction season and will have a positive impact on our communities.

This additional money comes on top of earlier projections and record level road funding for local allocations in 2018, including Menominee County ($4,872,198), Dickinson County ($4,005,073) Delta County ($5,389,322), Escanaba ($1,336,613), Gladstone ($626,754) and Iron Mountain ($908,997).

The Michigan Department of Transportation will work closely with local road commissions to ensure our roads last longer and are properly maintained. There have already been many projects announced in Menominee, Dickinson and Delta counties for 2018 and 2019.

The projects will improve road conditions and make travel safer.

Some of the Menominee County projects include:

– Sealing and pothole patching at locations to be determined by the road commission;

– Finish paving the No. 10 Lane Bridge over the Little River; and

– Complete construction of Bay De Noc Road from Birch Creek Road to north of No. 7 Road.

Some of the Dickinson County projects include:

– Crush, shape and pave in Waucedah and Norway townships;

– Paving projects in Breitung Township;

– Reconstruction and drainage correction of a section of Leeman Road; and

– Paving County Road 577 and County Road 607.

Some of the Delta County projects include:

– Reconstruct and overlay 18.5 miles of Highway 13;

– Pave 1.75 miles of County Road 416; and

– Seal about 60 miles of primary and local roads.

I will work closely with MDOT and local road commissions to ensure they have the resources to complete these local projects.

I will continue to fight for the residents in our community and make sure that road funding makes it way north of the Mackinac Bridge.

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Rep. Beau LaFave represents Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties in the Michigan House

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