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