Shirkey supports district 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 budgets. This is the eighth year in a row that the Republican-led Legislature has passed a balanced budget ahead of schedule.

Among the many infrastructure projects, the state will spend $800,000 in Hillsdale County to upgrade the Pleasant Lake Road Bridge and will spend $500,000 in Branch County to improve South Angola Road from State Line to BL69.

“The roads in Hillsdale and Branch counties 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.

“We are on the right path to fund repairs to our roads and bridges,” said Rep. Eric Leutheuser, R-Hillsdale. “This budget does a good job planning ahead for future fixes we know we’ll need.”

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.