Sen. Emmons, MDOT announce $2.3M in mid-Michigan road projects

LANSING—Sen. Judy Emmons and Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials announced on Thursday nearly $2.3 million in road repair projects in Montcalm, Isabella and Clinton counties.

“Our roads are an essential component of our daily lives; we use them to get to work, to take our kids to school and to bring goods and products to market,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “The most important reason for these projects is the increased safety for all drivers, but these improvements will also strengthen the ability of mid-Michigan to support our local businesses and attract new job providers.”

The transportation projects are being funded by grants from MDOT through the $115 million state Roads and Risk Reserve Fund.

Emmons announced that the three projects are a total investment of $2,297,000.

“This is a positive start toward addressing our infrastructure needs — made possible by fiscally sound budgeting,” Emmons said. “We were able to make these investments in better roads with existing resources because we have passed budgets that are truly balanced and are helping grow our economy.

“I want to thank everyone who helped make these critical improvements possible, and I look forward to finding innovative ways to help enhance the quality and safety of our roads.”

The projects in the 33rd District include:
• $1.4 million to fix Old US-127 in Clinton County’s DeWitt and Olive townships;
• $647,000 for work on Coleman Road in Isabella County from the West County Line Road to Woodruff Road; and
• $250,000 for repairs on Crystal Road in Montcalm County from M-46 to North County Line Road.