Four Ottawa County road projects receive special legislative funding

Four road and bridge improvement projects will soon take place across Ottawa County thanks to $115 million set aside by the state Legislature through the Roads and Risk Reserve Fund.
Tribune Staff
Dec 20, 2013

The projects will receive more than $4.6 million in special state road funding grants, including a $2.2 million grant for preventative maintenance of bridges on I-96 and I-196.

North Shore Road will receive a $674,000 grant for road upgrades east of North Beach Park Drive in Ferrysburg.

The two other projects in Ottawa County are in the Holland area. A $1 million grant will go toward removing and replacing pavement on Washington Avenue from Fairview to Arbor Lane; and an additional $750,000 of federal money will be used on 16th Street from Waverly to Quarterline for resurfacing.

“Ottawa County — and all of West Michigan for that matter — will greatly benefit from these four road projects, and I am glad we are making improvements throughout the area,” said state Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township. “Many of our roads are in dire need of attention, but we must tackle this problem one project at a time. This is a great first step for our state’s safety and for its economy as well.”

As part of the fiscal year 2014 budget, the Legislature created the special fund using $230 million in existing state revenue. Half of the funds were available for appropriation on Oct. 1, and the other half could be appropriated for roads this coming Feb. 1.

This funding is in addition to $121.3 million from the state General Fund used to fully match available federal transportation funds.



I was under the impression that new projects were supposed to include alternative transportation options. This would be the perfect time to add bike lanes to this stretch of North Shore Drive instead of wasting money on the separate paths that are going to be built with the recently passed millage.
Continuing to ignore alternative methods of transportation is unreasonable. The Car is no longer King!



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