Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Transportation Enhancements for West Michigan

from a news release of the State of Michigan

Lieutenant Governor John D. Cherry, Jr. has announced that 27 Michigan counties will receive a total of $47.3 million in transportation enhancement (TE) funding. 22 of the projects are funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). Included in the projects are 176 miles of bicycle paths, lighting, landscaping, crosswalks and more. The projects should create or retain 1300 jobs over the 2009-2010 seasons.

West Michigan projects are:
  • Allegan County: The city of Wayland will streetscape West Superior Street from US-131 to Church Street.
  • Antrim County: The village of Mancelona will streetscape US-131 from 220 feet north of Dale Avenue to 225 feet south of Division Street.
  • Calhoun County: MDOT will install native plantings at the I-94/I-69 interchange along the roadside, in the interchange and next to Bear Creek.
  • Cheboygan County: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will make improvements to 5 miles of trail surface and construct a trailhead in Mackinaw City.
  • Eaton County: MDOT will streetscape M-50/M-99 (Main Street) from State Street to Canal Street in Eaton Rapids.
  • Kalamazoo County (two projects): 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. AND The Kalamazoo County Road Commission, in partnership with the city of Kalamazoo, will construct five miles of bike path from the Riverview Drive/Mosel Avenue intersection to the north along the Kalamazoo River and Westnedge Avenue, ending on D Avenue 200 feet east of the Kalamazoo River. This project is the next phase of a planned continuation of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.
  • Kent County (four projects): The city of Grand Rapids will make streetscape improvements in the Southtown neighborhood of southeast Grand Rapids. AND In conjunction with the M-21 bridge replacement over the Grand River in Ada Township, MDOT will expand the bridge deck 14 feet to accommodate a bicycle and pedestrian path. AND The village of Sparta will streetscape the Central Business District to promote slower traffic, generate a friendlier downtown atmosphere, and allow for safe, non-motorized travel. AND The Kent County Road Commission will partner with the cities of Grand Rapids, Walker, Grandville, Wyoming and Byron Township to reconstruct 6.2 miles of the Kent Trail network.
  • Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties: 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
  • Wexford County: 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.

See Breakdown of stimulus projects
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