Michigan governor signs transportation budget

| 8/15/2003

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has green-lighted 17 of 34 road construction projects she delayed earlier this year.

Funds for the restored road projects are included in the overall $3.1 billion state Transportation Department budget for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, Grand Rapids’ WOOD TV reported. It was a compromise between Republican lawmakers and the Democratic governor.

The restored projects under SB265 include freeway interchange construction in Oakland County and road work in the Grand Rapids, Saginaw Bay and northern Lower Michigan areas.

MDOT plans to use $200 million raised through the sale of bonds to pay for most of the road projects. Another $50 million will come from other sources.

Also in the transportation budget, Granholm vetoed a provision that would have required 20 percent of all federal highway bridge replacement and rehabilitation program dollars to be used for repairs or replacing local bridges.

The governor said in a statement while she’s sympathetic to the needs of local road agencies, she couldn’t support diverting more than $5.9 million from the agency’s road and bridge construction program at this time.