Road Commission gets $1.9M in added funding

Alex Doty • Mar 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM

The Ottawa County Road Commission received an Easter egg prize of sorts recently, courtesy of the Michigan Legislature.

The supplemental appropriation, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on March 20, provides a one-time, $175 million increase in transportation funding, garnering the Ottawa County Road Commission $1.9 million in additional revenue.

Road Commission officials say they will use the funds this year to complete approximately 7 miles of additional improvements to primary and local roads.

“With the increase, the Ottawa County Road Commission will expand the 2018 construction list to include more road improvements across the county system,” said the commission’s managing director, Brett Laughlin.

The supplemental funding is in addition to record-level road funding provided by previous long-term reforms. State officials said the money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment.

The state says it has also strengthened its warranty system designed to make sure new and refurbished roads will last longer.

“Drivers are upset about potholes causing poor road conditions, and rightfully so,” said state Rep. Daniella Garcia, R-Holland. “This extra money — which comes without raising fees or taxes — is a step forward in the fight to make our roads smoother and safer for West Michigan travelers.”

The following projects in Ottawa County were identified and selected to receive improvements with the additional supplemental funding revenues:

Leonard Street from 136th Avenue to 112th Avenue in Crockery Township — This project is an expansion of the planned limits from 148th Avenue to 136th Avenue, and work will include construction of 3-foot paved shoulders and resurfacing of the entire road.

20th Avenue from Newcastle Drive to Bauer Road in Georgetown Township — This project will involve the milling of the existing road surface and the placement of hot mix asphalt.

Lakewood Boulevard from Beeline Road to Garden Avenue in Holland Township — The township will be constructing a new water main system, which will result in the reconstruction of the westbound lanes of Lakewood Boulevard. In cooperation and partnership, the Road Commission has included milling and resurfacing the road surface of the center and eastbound lanes. When completed, the entire road width for the project will be resurfaced.

60th Avenue from M-45 to Lincoln Street in Allendale Township — This project will involve resurfacing the entire road width.

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