Marion to receive road funding grant from state

Improvements planned for two streets

Marion will receive funding for road repair through the Transportation Economic Development Fund in 2022. (Getty images)

Marion will receive funding for road repair through the Transportation Economic Development Fund in 2022. (Getty images)

OSCEOLA COUNTY — The Village of Marion in Osceola County has been approved for funding from the Transportation Economic Development Fund for road repair.

A grant in the amount of $48,000 was approved for the 2022 disbursement. The village plans to use the funding for improvements on Morton Drive and Blackledge Drive.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced that $3.7 million in road funding grants will be awarded to twenty-five villages and small cities across the state.

“Today’s transportation grants will help us ‘fix the damn roads’ in villages and small cities across Michigan as we continue our economic jumpstart and put people back to work,” Whitmer said during the press conference. “With these dollars, communities can get started on fixing their roads to meet their most critical infrastructure needs at the local level right now. I look forward to making further investments in our roads and bridges under our Rebuilding Michigan plan and using the influx of federal dollars headed our way under the proposed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to help people get to work, pick their kids up from school, or take the family on a road trip without worrying about blowing a tire or cracking an axle.”

Grant awards range from $34,000 to $250,000 for road resurfacing, culvert replacement, pavement crack sealing and shoulder paving.

Local municipalities approved to receive road funding from the TEDF, Category B – villages and small cities in 2021 include the villages of Morley and Shelby, and the city of Grant.

In Mecosta County, the Village of Morley was approved for a grant of $99,000 for improvements to Webster Street, East Street, 4th Street, 1st Street, 2nd Street, and Deyo Drive Loop.

In Newago County, the city of Grant was approved for $94,250 for projects on Front Street, West Gordon Avenue, West Divina Street, East Brink Street, and North Lake Street.

In Oceana County the Village of Shelby was approved for $136,750 for improvements to Hawley Street, Rankin Street, 4th Street, Pine Street, and Sessions Road.

Established by the state legislature and administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation, the TEDF, Category B is a stop-gap program to help fund road projects in small communities.

Successful projects were selected, in part, because they are paired with planned infrastructure work, coordinated with other road agencies, focused on extending the useful life of the road and lacked other funding sources.

The TEDF helps finance highway, road and street projects that are critical to the movement of people and products.

The grants provide $3 million each year, through fiscal year 2023, to be allocated for road improvements in cities and villages with a population of 10,000 or fewer.

The application window for FY2022 grant funding is closed. The application submission period for FY2023 will be announced in early 2022.

The maximum grant is $250,000 with a 50% minimum cash match. Any road construction work, other than routine maintenance, is eligible for funding.

“These grants are an important tool in partnering with small communities like Marion to make needed road repairs,” said Sen. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington. “They help to improve road quality and safety for these local communities without putting extra burdens on Michigan taxpayers.”