Forlini LaFontaine announce 2 million in local road repairs

first_img02Jul Forlini, LaFontaine announce $2 million in local road repairs Categories: News Lawmakers say long-term funding still a priorityState Rep. Anthony Forlini and Andrea LaFontaine today announced a $2 million grant to fund concrete repair on M-59 in Macomb County, but said the need still exists for a sustainable funding source to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.The grant money was made possible by the Legislature, which allocated $115 million in existing funds to road improvements throughout Michigan.  The Legislature also allocated an additional $115 million for roads in bridges last December.Forlini, R-Harrison Township, and LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, announced the planned road project today with the Michigan Department of Transportation. The grant funds concrete repairs on M-59 from Elizabeth Road to Interstate 94.“The Legislature has set aside funds dedicated to keeping our roads safe and smooth for families and for commercial traffic vital to our economy,” Forlini said. “By working to improve our local roads without raising taxes, we can invest in our state’s future and improve the lives of every Michigan resident in some small way.”LoFontaine said: “We have an obligation to make Michigan’s roadways safe places for our families and visitors. Projects like this one have been funded by the Legislature’s allocation, and will undoubtedly bring substantial repairs to communities across our great state.”As part of the fiscal year 2014 budget, the Legislature created the special fund using $230 million in existing state revenue. One-half of the funds were available for appropriation on Oct. 1, and the other half is now being appropriated.This funding is in addition to $121.3 million from the state General Fund used to fully match available federal transportation funds.###last_img

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