MARQUETTE - A combined $60.9 million in special winter road maintenance money is being distributed from the state to counties, villages and cities across Michigan, including a total of $2.7 million for the Upper Peninsula's 15 counties.
The funding is intended to help restore road maintenance budgets that were depleted by Michigan's tough winter and is part of $100 million provided in a supplemental appropriations bill enacted by the Legislature and signed into law March 14 by Gov. Rick Snyder.
"These funds are badly needed by counties, cities and villages to compensate for the extraordinarily high costs of plowing, salting and filling potholes this past winter," Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle said in a news release. "We are all extremely appreciative of the governor's and Legislature's understanding of the toll this brutal winter has taken on road budgets."
A total of $39.1 million was distributed to MDOT and the state's 83 counties, while $21.8 million was allocated to 533 cities and villages statewide, including numerous towns in the U.P.
The money received by the U.P.'s 15 counties included: Marquette, $362,872; Alger, $131,877; Baraga, $128,579; Chippewa, $295,098; Delta, $243,233; Dickinson, $179,692; Gogebic, $156,226; Houghton, $256,829; Iron, $140,784; Keweenaw, $75,800; Luce, $108,820; Mackinac, $144,431; Menominee, $214,409; Ontonagon, $151,163; and Schoolcraft, $118,260.
Among the disbursements for cities and villages, Marquette received $97,413; Ishpeming, $38,192; Munising, $16,472; Negaunee, $27,219; Chatham, $2,590; Iron Mountain, $41,463; L'Anse, $11,596; Baraga, $9,092; Crystal Falls, $11,232; Escanaba, $58,809; Bessemer, $17,491; Newberry, $10,171 and Calumet, $7,030.
The funds were distributed via a complex formula found in Public Act 51 of 1951. According to MDOT, how much money counties, cities and villages receives depends on a range of factors, including road mileage and population.
The money must be used for winter maintenance costs and cannot be used to cover administration, overhead or other indirect costs.
For the complete list of disbursements, visit 1.usa.gov/1ksHp8q.