Zorn, Jenkins applaud Transportation Economic Development Fund grant for Lenawee County

LANSING—Lenawee County will use more than $200,000 in Category F grants from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) through the Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) to upgrade a key road, Sen. Dale W. Zorn and Rep. Nancy Jenkins announced on Thursday.

“This is great news for the city of Tecumseh and the state,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This project is an important step in improving and maintaining our roads. We will continue to look for innovative ways to fund road repairs and give our communities the tools they need to succeed.”

Lenawee County will see the city of Tecumseh resurface 0.8 miles of North Evans Street in Tecumseh from M-50 to the bridge north of Water Street. The project also includes curb repairs and upgrading ramps to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards along an all-season north-south route that serves as the primary connection between Tecumseh and the village of Clinton. The $296,528 project will receive $222,396 in state Category F funding and $74,132 in match from the city.

Rep. Nancy Jenkins is pleased to see this project come to fruition, and is hopeful that funding for much needed road projects in Lenawee County can continue.

“Our roads and bridges are such an important part of our everyday lives here in Lenawee, and I’m glad we were able to set aside funds to improve them,” said Jenkins, R-Clayton. “These improvements will help us invest in our future and benefit citizens across Michigan.”

The Category F grants are used to expand or preserve all-season roads on commercial routes in urban areas of rural counties. To get the greatest impact from the grants, MDOT considers a number of factors, such as the amount of commercial traffic on local roads, connections to other state trunk lines and other all-season roads in the area, as well as the project’s ability to improve safety and intermodal connectivity.

More information about the program is available online at www.michigan.gov/tedf.