Zorn supports Lenawee County road project in state budget

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — As part of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget finalized by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday, Sen. Dale Zorn was able to secure $5.5 million for an important road project in Lenawee County.

The road project would create a 9.7-mile primary route to run traffic between M-52 and US-223.

“Once completed, this road project will help Lenawee County safely detour emergency route traffic so that it avoids dangerous flooding and also keep the heavy traffic off local roads,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I started working on this project after last year’s flooding closed the Blissfield Bridge, causing delays in commerce and emergency response.”

This Capital Outlay funding for the project is included in House Bill 5294, which contains Fiscal Year 2017 budgets for principal state departments and the Judiciary and Legislative branches.

“Constructing an adequate route to safely detour traffic from US-223, either due to accidents or, most recently, because of severe flooding which shut down US-223 in Blissfield, has been a goal of the Lenawee County Road Commission for over 20 years,” said Scott A. Merillat, managing director of the Lenawee County Road Commission (LCRC).

“The funding being provided by the state will bring this goal to fruition by allowing the reconstruction of Weston Road and Silberhorn Highway to provide that much-needed detour route. In addition, it will solve another longstanding need by providing an all-season route across southern Lenawee County to better serve the needs of our farmers, manufacturers and residents. LCRC is honored to receive this much-needed funding.”

HB 5294 has been sent to the governor to be signed. The FY 2017 budget takes effect on Oct. 1.