Roads in Barry and Ionia counties would benefit from legislation approved Feb. 21 by the Michigan House of Representatives and sent to the Senate for consideration, according to a news release from 87th District Rep Julie Calley, who voted for the measure.
The $175 million bill, HB 4321, provides additional money for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early as this summer. In addition to state projects, the bill includes money for 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 release said.
“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.”
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 is in addition to previous changes providing more funding for road and bridge projects across the state.