Nofs, Jones announce $4.15 million infrastructure investment in Southwest Michigan

For Immediate Release
Dec. 19, 2013

Contact: Greg Moore
517-373-2426

LANSING, Mich.—State Sens. Mike Nofs and Rick Jones  announced with Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials Thursday $4.15 million in road repair projects for Southwest Michigan.

“It’s no secret that many Michigan roads are in serious need of repair,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “Michigan citizens have made it clear that infrastructure maintenance is a top priority and the millions we announce today are an important first investment that comes without any increased taxes on hardworking Michigan families.”

The projects are funded by a grant from the Roads and Risk Reserve Fund which was created during the past budget year from general fund savings.

“Thanks to three years of sound budgeting decisions we have the ability to direct existing funds to roads,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “There is clearly much more work to be done to address our infrastructure needs, but this is an important part of the process.”

The grants will be used for three projects including $4,000,000 for the resurfacing of M-227 in Marshall; $150,000 for joint replacement, patching and approach replacement for the M-66 bridge over the Battle Creek River; and $400,000 for concrete pavement repairs on M-37/M-43 in Hastings.

Nofs offered praise for the work MDOT engineers put into identifying and selecting projects. Nofs also reaffirmed their commitment to working with Gov. Snyder’s office to identify long-term solutions to improving infrastructure.