FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Plan includes money specifically for Barry and Ionia counties.
Roads in Barry and Ionia counties would benefit from legislation approved today by Rep. Julie Calley and the Michigan House.
The $175 million bill provides additional money for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early as this summer.
“Our drivers need safe, dependable roads, and the winter is really taking a toll on our streets and highways,” said Calley, of Portland. “Our communities need the funding to combat the seasonal damage and our save roads from further decay.”
In addition to state projects, the bill includes money for county, city and village roads throughout Michigan. Estimated local allocations include Barry County ($539,459), Ionia County ($538,333), the cities of Portland ($32,483), Hastings ($57,157) and Freeport ($5,685), and the villages of Middleville ($24,546), Nashville ($13,545) Woodland ($3,391), Pewamo ($5,504), Lake Odessa ($16,221), Saranac ($10,429), Clarksville ($3,858), Lyons ($8,441) Muir ($5,541) and Hubbardston ($5,336).
The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment. The money included in the bill approved today comes in addition to previous changes providing more funding for road and bridge projects across the state.
House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.