GVMC Approves TIP Sheet

October 10, 2003
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GRAND RAPIDS — Members of the Grand Valley Metro Council recently ratified the new three-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The lengthy list of area road projects, which includes reconstruction, resurfacing and widening work, will cost roughly $51.6 million from 2004 through 2006.

But federal and state dollars, around $36.7 million, will pick up 71 percent of that tab.

GVMC Transportation Director Abed Itanti told board members that projects on the TIP program meet air quality and environmental justice standards and he reminded them that the list will undergo a number of amendments before the three-year period expires.

Itanti also said that the projects on the list were the result of eight meetings the planning agency held with the public.

In FY04, $22.5 million worth of roadwork is listed, with 74 percent of that total, $16.54 million, coming from federal and state transportation funds. The most expensive project on the TIP sheet for next year is a $3 million widening of Byron Center Avenue in Wyoming from 52nd to 60th streets.

In FY05, roadwork totals $14.1 million. Federal and state dollars account for $9.98 million, or 71 percent of the outlay. The widening of 44th Street from Division to Eastern avenues is on the TIP ledger for $3.2 million in 2006.

In FY06, $15 million in road projects is listed. Sixty-eight percent, or $10.2 million, of that amount will come from federal and state funding sources. The most expensive project set for that year is the widening of Knapp Street from Wyndham Hill Drive to the east city limits of Grand Rapids.

The Metro Council is required to compile and approve the TIP list of road projects every three years in order to receive federal transportation funds. 

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