Green announces road improvement projects in 3 counties

LANSING—Five major roadways in Lapeer, Arenac and Bay counties will be improved thanks to special state road funding grants made possible by the Michigan Legislature, said state Sen. Mike Green.

“This is truly great news for the constituents of the 31st District and for the entire state,” said Green, R-Mayville. “However, what is even better news is that taxes were not raised one penny to fund these projects. Due to fiscally responsible budgeting and living within our means we were able to allocate resources toward improving our roads and bridges.”

The five projects are as follows:

·        A bridge over Western Drain in Lapeer will be rehabilitated;

·        The Interstate 69 bridge repaires over Newark and Winslow roads in Lapeer County will be repaired. This project is being funded with help from a $1,001,000 grant.

·       North County Line Standish to South County Line Omer in Arenac County will be resurfaced with help from a $2,061,294 grant;

·       A bridge in Bay County on US-10 over Hopler Creek will be rehabilitated. This project will be paid for with MDOT funds; and

·         A second bridge in Bay County over the Huron and Eastern railroads and over Patrick Road will be rehabilitated with help from a $793,000 grant.

“Each and every one of these projects and the other projects that were announced today are great steps in the right direction,” Green said. “However, hard work still lies ahead of us. Roads in Michigan are a problem that needs to be addressed, but it must be done in a fiscally responsible way. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to help solve this issue.”




Tuscola County receives grant to improve local roads

LANSING—Tuscola County has been selected as one of four Michigan counties that will receive state transportation economic development grants that will support the creation or retention of 563 jobs, reported state Sen. Mike Green.

“This is wonderful news for Michigan and yet another sign that our state is continuing to make progress,” said Green, R-Mayville. “I would like to thank everyone that was involved in the process was for selecting Tuscola County.”

The grants will be used to resurface Doerr Road from Division Street to M-81. Additionally, the intersection of Doerr Road and M-81 will be widened to accommodate an increase in truck traffic.

In September, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), leading milk marketing cooperative announced plans to build a new processing plant in Cass City. DFA services nearly 13,000 members throughout the country, and processes dairy foods with investments in established, well-known brands such as Borden Cheese.

DFA is investing $40 million in a new 33,000-square-foot processing plant in Cass City that will be able to process 3 million pounds of fresh milk each day, supplied by DFA member farms located in Michigan’s Thumb area. The plant will be located in the Cass City Industrial Park located off of Doerr Road. 

“The roads in this area are already deteriorating and the increased traffic will only accelerate the problem,” Green said. “These grants will ensure continued access for trucks and other vehicles while allowing this job creating project to be a resounding success.”