Shirkey supports district road improvements

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has completed its survey along the Wamplers Lake Road section of M124 in preparation for significant 2019 construction on that road.

Sen. Mike Shirkey has been working closely with MDOT and expressed his thanks to the parties involved in this project.

“Norvell Township stepped up and provided significant local matching funds to secure the Transportation Alternative Program dollars for this important project,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “Their efforts and the professionalism of MDOT working with the township and the village of Brooklyn have made this all run smoothly.”

Funding for this $3.3 million construction project was approved in February through a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant. The upgrades are to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians traveling along the shoulder of a popular section of Wamplers Lake Road in Jackson County. The 7.4-mile project will expand and pave the existing gravel shoulders and will also resurface driving lanes and make other safety improvements.

A 2017 Road Safety Audit recommended widening the shoulders to provide a buffer between vehicular traffic and bicyclists. Other improvements in the project include upgraded street signs, pavement markings and rumble strips to increase safety for all modes of transportation.

“Norvell Township is grateful for the assistance given by MDOT and Senator Shirkey’s office to address the situation with the bike path on M124. We look forward to seeing how these improvements will provide increased safety not only for our citizens, but also visitors from other communities,” said Norvell Township Supervisor Eric B. Johnson.

TAP is a competitive grant program that uses federal transportation funds designated by Congress for specific activities that enhance the intermodal transportation system and provide safe alternative transportation options.

“MDOT makes the most out of partnership opportunities whenever possible,” said MDOT University Region Engineer Paul Ajegba. “Thank you to Senator Shirkey, Norvell Township, and all the MDOT staff involved for their combined efforts to make this a safer corridor for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike.”

Project bids will be taken beginning in February 2019, and construction is set for the spring or summer of 2019.