O’Brien, Schuitmaker announce local road repairs

For Immediate Release
Dec. 19, 2013

Contact: Derek Sova

LANSING, Mich—Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials and legislators from across Michigan, including Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker and Rep. Margaret O'Brien, announced a series of road repair projects throughout the state Thursday

The lawmakers, along with MDOT officials, took part in a press conference, one of many around the state, at MDOT’s South Region Office in Kalamazoo County.

“Some of our roads are in desperate need of repair and I am pleased that we can make some improvements,” said O'Brien, R-Portage. “I worked hard as a local elected official to ensure local common sense investment in roads. Improving roads is a priority for Michigan.”

“Three years of sound budget decisions and living within our means has made it possible to direct existing resources toward our roads,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “Instead of seeking new revenue, we were able to tighten our belts and fund priority projects throughout the state.” 
The projects are being funded by grants from MDOT. Three Kalamazoo County projects will be receiving grants.

The section of Oakland Dr. between I-94 and Kilgore Rd. will be resurfaced, as will Portage Rd. between E. Milham and Byrd Dr.

The Ravine Rd. bridge over US-131 will also receive upgrades to ensure its continued safe use.