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Officials pick where $115M for roads goes

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Michigan officials have announced how $115 million of extra funding for shovel-ready road and bridge projects across the state will be spent.

About 125 "priority" state and local construction projects were listed Wednesday on Michigan's website. The additional funding was set aside by legislators when they approved a mid-year budget bill in March.

The state Transportation Department chose state projects, while lawmakers selected local ones in consultation with county road agencies.

State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, said $1.33 million will be used for repaving M-104 from Lake Avenue in Spring Lake to 124th Avenue in Crockery Township.

It's the second time this fiscal year that $115 million extra was allocated for road projects.

Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger said about $40 million is going to districts represented by Democrats. House Democrats' spokeswoman Katie Carey said that's an improvement from the first go-around, but spending is still lopsided to majority Republicans' districts.

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