Michigan's local roads funding plan signed into law

| 5/30/2006

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed a roads project plan into law allowing the state to pay local governments’ shares on some roadwork to get projects done sooner.

The roads plan, which was sought by the governor, won overwhelming support in the Legislature.

The plan green lights the state to use $80 million in bonding from the state trunkline fund to provide grants to county and municipal governments to match $320 million in federal transportation funding, The Associated Press reported.

Many local governments have said their tight budgets have prevented them from being able to match the federal funding, which has left some projects incomplete.

Which specific road and transit projects will get the state grants have yet to be decided.

Among the proposed projects by local governments are widening a stretch of Michigan 59 from two to three lanes in each direction in Oakland County, a $10-million study into widening Interstate 75 from Eight Mile Road north to Michigan 59 and upgrades to Wixom Road interchange on Interstate 96 in Oakland County.

Granholm said this is the first time the state has offered to help local governments pay the 20 percent match needed to draw in federal dollars for transportation projects.

The local roads project bills were SB1192, SB1132 and HB6003.