Shirkey applauds Reading and Hanover on Snyder-era local road improvement grants

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Mike Shirkey on Wednesday applauded the city of Reading and the village of Hanover for receiving small-town road funding grants from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

“Having and maintaining good roads and infrastructure are critical to a community’s economy, its families and its local businesses — regardless of the town’s size,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “I was proud to support the creation of this locally focused initiative in 2018 to help support some of our state’s most-urgent road projects in our small communities. These grants will help Hanover and Reading and nearly two dozen other communities across Michigan to make important road safety improvements.”

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 city of Reading has been awarded a $250,000 grant toward a $1 million project to reconstruct Michigan Street from Chestnut Street to Reading Road.

The village of Hanover will receive a $66,369 grant toward a $132,738 project to reconstruct Jackson Street from State Street to the village limits and resurface two sections of Main 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.”

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