MID-MICHIGAN, Mich. (WJRT) – It may not feel like its time just yet, but construction barrels are making their way back into mid-Michigan.
Some projects never left, but new projects are kicking off as more funding from both the state and the federal government is being infused into our road system.
“The I-69/I-475 another 100 million dollar portion of that project launches soon. some demolition of some bridges and some replacement,” said MDOT’s Jeff Cranson.
And that work is being funded by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s rebuilding Michigan program. There’s another 7.25 billion dollars coming from the federal infrastructure bill.
But with needs far exceeding that amount, Cranson says they’re planning carefully right now, but they already have a few at the top of the list.
“M13/m84 Bastille bridge in Bay City, which has long needed serious rehab. That’s an important one,” he said. “The US10 business route in Midland Jerome St. to Washington. Those a big repairs that are needed,” he said.
Cranson says this money combined with the rebuilding Michigan program and the latest infusion from Whitmer’s proposed budget will make a big dent in the list of the roads in need of repairs.
“There will be some significant project that will be funded through that federal money that we will see at the state and local level,” he said.
The I-69 and 475 construction will kick back into gear on Monday.
Some lane closures also will be in place along I-69 this month with some short-term total closures of the freeway possible in March.