Shirkey supports Jackson road funding in Michigan budget

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey voted to approve an additional $330 million in road funding for the 2018-2019 state budget. This is the eighth year in a row the Republican-led Legislature has passed a balanced budget ahead of schedule.

Among the many infrastructure projects, the state will spend millions of dollars in Jackson County to make significant upgrades to a stretch of I-94 between M-60 and Sargent Road. This section of road is instrumental for transportation and trade in the state. The upgrades will also qualify the stretch of road for future federal funding.

“The roads in Jackson County are in need of significant repair,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “This additional funding will help keep our motorists safe and our transportation infrastructure usable for residents and visitors.”

Roads have consistently been the top issue for many Michigan residents. The new budget additions will bring the total added investment in roads to $2.4 billion since 2017. With construction season in full swing, authorities say that Michigan motorists can expect to see an almost unprecedented level of construction and repairs.

A partial list of major 2018 road projects can be found here on the Michigan Department of Transportation website. Check your county news sources for additional construction that may be occurring.