LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Wednesday applauded Morenci and Cement City for being awarded small-town road funding grants for 2022 from the Michigan Department of Transportation.
“Improving our local roads is vital to supporting family businesses and attracting new talent and job creators,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Many small towns simply don’t have the resources to keep up with deteriorating roads, and I supported the creation of this initiative in 2018 to help fund road projects in our small communities. These grants will help Morenci and Cement City improve road safety in their communities.”
The Transportation Economic Development Fund Category B, known as the Community Service Infrastructure Fund program, has awarded $3.73 million in grants to 25 cities and villages with populations of up to 10,000 people for road improvements in 2022.
The village of Cement City has been awarded a $59,069 grant toward a $118,137 project to resurface Perrin Street and Potter Street both from Lewis Road to Jackson Street.
The city of Morenci will receive a $151,208 grant toward a $302,415 project to apply a chip seal and a fog seal to Walnut Court, Lincoln Street, Clark Street, Lincoln Street, Wakefield Drive, Lincoln Street, Chestnut Street, Clark Street, Stephenson Street, Coomer Street and Page Street.
Successful projects were selected, in part, because they are paired with planned infrastructure work, coordinated with other road agencies, focused on extending the useful life of the road, and lacked other funding sources. For more information about the program, visit www.Michigan.gov/TEDF and click on “Category B – Villages and Small Cities.”