Michigan Communities Get Economic Boost from $47.3 Million in Transportation Enhancement Funding
April 9, 2009
"This is a positive step for Michigan's economy," said Cherry. "These enhancement projects will create jobs and improve communities so they are more attractive to residents, businesses and visitors."
Transportation enhancement grants enable communities to invest in streetscape improvements, recreational path development and historic structure improvements. Local communities benefit from Recovery Act funding, because no local match is required.
"We are pleased that our transportation enhancement program for 2009 has been expanded by federal recovery funds that allow us to partner with more cities, townships, villages, and road commissions to make improvements that enrich communities and create jobs" said state Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle.
The following projects are listed by county:
The city of Wayland will streetscape West Superior Street from US-131 to Church Street. The proposed improvements, recommended as part of the city's 2005 Downtown Blueprint, include decorative sidewalks at the corners of several intersections and street lighting. This work is planned in conjunction with a road project. The total budget for the project is $355,261, including $234,472 in federal TE funds and $120,789 from Wayland. Construction will begin this spring.
The village of Mancelona, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), will streetscape US-131 from 220 feet north of Dale Avenue to 225 feet south of Division Street. The work is planned in conjunction with a US-131 road reconstruction project by MDOT scheduled to begin in June. The project will include decorative sidewalk, light fixtures and trees. The project budget is $238,945, including $174,430 in federal TE funds and $64,515 from the village.
MDOT will widen the paved shoulders on M-13 from M-247 to Standish, and from US-23 to the Arenac/Iosco county line to safely accommodate bicyclists. The budget for this Recovery Act project is $4,000,000.
MDOT will install native plantings at the I-94/I-69 interchange along the roadside, in the interchange and next to Bear Creek, within the right of way to reduce storm water road runoff and improve water quality. This project also will be combined with a road resurfacing project. The total project budget is $350,099, including $280,079 in federal TE funds and $70,020 from MDOT.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will make improvements to 5 miles of trail surface and construct a trailhead in Mackinaw City. This location is where three major trail systems from the west, center, and east sides of the state converge. The budget for this Recovery Act project is $900,000.
MDOT, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, village of Farwell, Clare County Parks and Recreation, and the Clare County Road Commission, will pave 5.41 miles of the shared-use Pere Marquette Rail-Trail from west of the city of Farwell to east of Washington Road. The budget for this Recovery Act project is $850,000.
MDOT, in partnership with the city of Eaton Rapids, will streetscape M-50/M-99 (Main Street) from State Street to Canal Street. This project will be paired with a reconstruction project of Main Street. Streetscape amenities will include streetlights, benches, trash receptacles, decorative sidewalk, stamped asphalt crosswalks, concrete planters, perennial plantings, shrubs, and trees. The budget for this Recovery Act project is $699,495.
The city of Flint will extend the Flint River Trail through Riverbank Park, connecting the trail with Attwood Stadium, Kettering University, and Mott Golf Course at Mott Park, and ending at McLaren Regional Center at Ballenger Highway. The total budget for this Recovery Act project is $1,017,500.
MDOT, in cooperation with the village of Beaverton, will construct a 10-foot bike path to the north to connect the downtown area and the commercial district outside of downtown. The project includes streetscaping one block of the downtown area, which will be the last phase of an existing streetscape, and add lighting to a stretch of M-18 south of Beaverton to improve the safety in an area with a new school. The total budget is $185,875, including $111,525 in federal TE funds, $37,175 from the Beaverton Downtown Development Authority and $37,175 from MDOT. Construction will begin in July.
In partnership with the city of Houghton, MDOT will make enhancements to Houghton's downtown business route, US-41 (Shelden Avenue) from Franklin Street to Bridge Street, near the approach to the Portage Lake lift bridge. In addition to adding decorative sidewalks and historic-style light fixtures, MDOT will restore the historic nature of Shelden Avenue by turning it back to a brick street. The work will be done in conjunction with a city water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer project. The project budget is $1,670,154, including $1,156,665 in federal TE funds, $307,969 from MDOT, and $205,520 from the city.
MDOT will widen the paved portion of the shoulders along 3.6 miles of M-25 in Fair Haven Township to safely accommodate bicycle riders. The budget for this Recovery Act project is $273,000.
The city of Lansing will streetscape Grand Avenue from St. Joseph Highway to Shiawassee Street. Amenities will include brick paving, concrete sidewalk, planter islands with trees, shrubs and benches. The project budget is $761,884, including $200,000 in federal TE funds and $561,884 from the city.
MDOT, in partnership with Amtrak and the city of Jackson, will stabilize the Jackson Amtrak Depot, built in 1873, and the Express Building, located in the city of Jackson. Believed to be one of the oldest railroad stations in continual active use in the United States, the depot is a stop on the Chicago/Detroit/Pontiac high-speed Amtrak rail corridor. Both buildings were identified in the Jackson Amtrak Intermodal Feasibility Study as needing renovation that is expected to cost approximately $10 million. The stabilization will bring much-needed repairs to the historic building while plans are finalized for its future use and preservation. The stabilization will consist of resolving current drainage problems that are compromising the depot's foundation. Additional needs include roofing on the Express Building and masonry work to both buildings. All repairs will follow Department of Interior standards for historic buildings. The budget for this Recovery Act project is $938,000.
The city of Portage will construct 10-foot shared-use non-motorized extensions to the Northwest Portage Bikeway to connect to both the Millenium and the Portage Creek Bicentennial trails. These extensions will also create safe off-road connections between a number of densely populated residential areas and commercial establishments. The total cost of the project is $399,779, including $200,000 in federal TE funds and $199,779 from the city.
The city of Grand Rapids will make streetscape improvements in the Southtown neighborhood of southeast Grand Rapids. The first phase, Hall Street from Jefferson Avenue to Madison Avenue, will be completed in 2009. A second phase, Madison Avenue from Hall Street to Adams Street, is planned for 2010. The work will be done in conjunction with two combined sewer overflow projects. In addition, the city will be replacing the water main and building new concrete curb and gutter and driveways, and a new asphalt street surface. Project elements include trees, landscaping, benches, trash receptacles, brick pavers, and ornamental street lighting. The total cost of this Recovery Act project is $929,170.
concerns, capacity needs and maintenance standards. The project budget is $880,652, including $440,326 in federal TE funds and $440,326 from Kent County. Construction is expected to begin this summer.
The city of Pontiac will construct a bridge over US-24 (Telegraph Road) to provide a safe connection for pedestrians and bicycle riders using the Clinton River Trail system. The Clinton River Trail system is a 16-mile trail that traverses five communities, and is part of a much larger regional system that will ultimately provide over 100 miles of interconnected trails within 2 miles of over half a million people in southeast Michigan. The budget for this Recovery Act project is $2.1 million.
MDOT, in cooperation with Charlton Township, will streetscape 0.3 miles in the village of Johannesburg. The project is located on M-32 between Birch Street and Rowan Street and includes a one-block section of Heatherton Road. Streetscape elements include concrete sidewalks, ornamental lighting, trees, shrubs and benches. The budget for this project is $475,681, including $337,304 in federal TE funds, $49,500 from Charlton Township and $88,877 from MDOT.
MDOT, in partnership with Bridgeport Township, will restore the historic State Street Bridge, located in Bridgeport Township, spanning the Cass River. Originally built in 1906, the bridge is currently in disrepair and closed to traffic. The restored bridge will become the focal point of Bridgeport and a major destination in Saginaw County. After restoration, the bridge will be used exclusively for pedestrians and bicyclists and will connect to existing local and future regional trail systems. The project budget is $2,163,160, including $1,479,655 in federal TE funds, $250,873 in matching funds from the township and $432,632 from MDOT.
MDOT will widen the paved portion of the shoulders along 6.8 miles of M-25 from Port Sanilac to the village limits at Deckerville Road to safely accommodate bicyclists. The budget for this Recovery Act project is $546,000.
MDOT, in cooperation with the city of Corunna, will streetscape M-71 from Woodworth Street to Hastings Street. Streetscape amenities will include streetlights, trees, benches and trash receptacles. Additionally, a 10-foot non-motorized path will be constructed along M-71 and within McCurdy Park, to connect downtown Corunna with the James S. Miner walkway. These enhancements will be paired with the reconstruction of M-71 from Woodworth Street to Legion Street. The project budget is $792,709, including $491,479 in federal TE funds and $158,542 from MDOT and $142,687 from the city.
The city of Marine City will streetscape Broadway Street from Main Street to Water Street. Project elements include streetlights, sidewalks with brick paver accents and landscaping. Other work to be funded by the city will include the addition of a median boulevard section and a clock tower. The completed project will provide a gateway to the central business district from M-29. The project budget is $261,316, including $182,921 in federal funds and $78,395 from the city. Construction will begin this spring.
MDOT will widen the paved portion of the shoulders along 6.1 miles of M-15 between Millington and Vassar to safely accommodate bicyclists. The budget for this Recovery Act project is $468,000.
The Van Buren County Road Commission, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will resurface 18 miles of the Kal-Haven State Trail using recycled materials. The project will start at the existing 10th Street staging area and extend west to the village of Bloomingdale. The project will also include improving existing bridges to meet current standards. This project is the first phase towards improving the entire 34-mile Kal-Haven State Trail. The budget for this Recovery Act project is $900,000.
The city of Ypsilanti will restore the historic Ypsilanti Freighthouse located in Depot Town. The project will include major structural improvements to the foundation, floor, walls, pilasters, roof and interior mechanical systems. These items, outlined in a Conditional Assessment Report, are required to re-open the 1878 facility, which is planned to serve as a community center, farmers market, café and education center. The budget for this Recovery Act project is $500,000.
The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will install bike racks on all buses in service. Adding the bike racks will allow DDOT to accommodate current riders and attract new customers who want to both bike and ride the bus to their destination. The project cost is $680,110, including $528,718 in federal TE funds and $151,392 from the DDOT.
MDOT, in cooperation with the city of Cadillac, will provide streetscape improvements including streetlights, trees and planters along the US-131 Business Route (Mitchell Street) in the downtown area. This work will be done in conjunction with an MDOT road project that will begin in April. The project budget is $1,177,277, including $882,958 in federal TE funds, $235,455 from MDOT and $58,864 from the city.