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Metro Council gets added road money for this year
Grand Valley Metro Council Executive Director John Weiss said the transportation planner is getting a bigger chunk of road dollars this year than was initially expected.
Those unexpected dollars will be turned into more road improvements.
Weiss said the Michigan Department of Transportation recently told the Metro Council it will be receiving another $3.7 million, in what MDOT said was “carryover funding” from previous years.
“This funding is available for 2013 and will help finance 10 projects currently under construction,” said Weiss in his weekly update to member communities.
The projects include making upgrades to 44th Street, Lake Michigan Drive, Monroe Avenue, Ivanrest, 36th Street, Three Mile Road, Lake Drive, 32nd Street and Elmridge Avenue.
The Interurban Transit Partnership, which operates The Rapid bus system, also will receive an undisclosed portion of those dollars for replacement buses.
The Metro Council is expected to have $77 million in transportation improvement dollars to spend next year, but less in the coming years. GVMC is on track to receive $61 million in 2015, just $33 million in 2016, and $53 million in 2017. The four-year total comes to $224 million.