The Michigan Department of Transportation is awarding state Transportation Economic Development Fund Category F grants totaling $262,162 to two important Upper Peninsula road projects. The grants were two of nine announced throughout the state, ranging from $104,705 to $375,000, and totaling more than $2.5 million.
The grant funding is a competitive program; 42 applications were received for the nine grants awarded.
The City of Escanaba will resurface 0.4 miles of Third Avenue North from US-2/US-41/M-35 (North Lincoln Road) to Stephenson Avenue. This is a portion of the city’s designated truck route providing access to US-2/US-41/M-35, which has deteriorated. The resurfacing, along with curb and gutter repairs, will enhance the ride quality, extend the roadway’s lifespan, and improve the movement of commercial goods being shipped along this route.
The overall cost of the project is $196,821, using $157,457 in TEDF Category F funding. The City of Escanaba is providing $39,364, or 20 percent of the project cost.
Sault Ste. Marie
The Chippewa County Road Commission (CCRC) will reconstruct and improve drainage on 0.1 miles of Ferry Dock Road from Portage Avenue to the Sugar Island Ferry Dock, the primary connection between Sault Ste. Marie and Sugar Island. The roadway is in poor condition, with drainage problems accelerating the deterioration. This project will extend the useful life of the roadway.
The overall cost of the project is $130,881, using $104,705 in TEDF Category F funding. The CCRC is providing $26,176, or 20 percent of the project cost.