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July 28, 2022
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Governor Whitmer visits Mound Road after pouring $32 million into the recent bipartisan budget to repair and expand the causeway
LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited the road repair works on Mound Road in Sterling Heights today. As part of the Governor’s fourth bipartisan and balanced budget, she secured $32 million for the Innovate Mound project, which is reconstruct the heavily trafficked road between I-696 and M-59 and add a fourth lane in each direction from 17 Mile Road to M-59. When completed, this project will create a user-friendly and safe corridor for motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, incorporating state-of-the-art design methods and smart technology.
“Since taking office, I’ve taken action to fix the fucking roads and keep the people of Michigan safe as they go to work, run errands, and visit family,” said Governor Whitmer. “By rebuilding Mound Road, a key economic and travel corridor in Macomb County, we are connecting communities, families and small businesses. By the end of 2022, more than 16,000 miles of roads and 1,200 bridges will be repaired by thousands of hard-working Michiganders. In the state that put the world on wheels, everyone deserves access to roads that get them where they need to go without blowing an axle or cracking a windshield, and I’m willing to work with it. anyone to make it happen.
Innovate Mound Road
Innovative mound is a construction project updating Mound Road from I-696 north to M-59 and widening Mound Road to four lanes between 17 Mile Road and M-59. Construction began in the summer of 2021 and the estimated completion date is 2024. By rebuilding Mound Round, Michigan drivers will have a safer and smoother ride, saving them time and money. In addition, local economies will benefit from the road being able to handle increased traffic due to economic development. Approximately 100 miles of track, including intersections and U-turns, will be repaired as part of this project.
“Innovate Mound shows what can be achieved when multiple levels of government work together to improve their community,” said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel. “The scale and impact of Innovate Mound is unlike any other grassroots project in Macomb County U.S., and our project partners are making a significant investment in Mound Road and the future of the area. We recognize that there are many more infrastructure needs across the county, and we will continue to fight for the funding needed to repair our roads and bridges.
“Through the historic investment we passed in this year’s budget, we are delivering on our promise to fix Mound Road, create countless well-paying jobs, and support businesses big and small across the region,” said State Senator Paul Wojno. “Fixing our roads and bridges requires all of us to work together because these are issues that cross party lines and affect everyone. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate, House, and Governor’s Office in investing in our future and keeping dollars in the wallets of hard-working Macomb families.
“It is by working together that we deliver for our communities,” said State Representative Kevin Hertel. “Mound Rd. is critical to the economic success of our region and our state. I look forward to continued work to make these critical investments in our infrastructure.”
“The funding for Mound Road shows that bipartisanship still exists in Lansing,” said state representative Nate Shannon. “Macomb has been fighting for years to get this funding and I am very grateful that it was secured in this year’s budget. The governor and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have come together to make Mound Rd. and Macomb County a priority.
“Mound Road is one of Southeast Michigan’s most important corridors connecting people, communities and commerce,” said Macomb County Roads Department Director Bryan Santo. “With our federal, state, and local partners, we are building a high-quality, sustainable highway that will integrate the future of mobility and technology to create a modern, efficient, and reliable corridor that will serve our region for decades to come. .”
Rebuilding Michigan’s Roads and Bridges
From taking office through the end of 2022, Governor Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist will have replaced more than 16,000 miles of roads and 1,200 bridges, supporting more than 89,000 jobs without raising taxes a penny. . These repairs and future repairs are made possible thanks to the Michigan Rebuild Planan investment of $3.5 billion over five years in our highways and bridges, and the Bipartisan Plan Building Michigan Together, the largest one-time infrastructure investment in Michigan in state history. These strategic investments in Michigan’s infrastructure ensure that future Michiganians will have safer roads and bridges to shop, travel and strengthen the economy.
For more information on Governor Whitmer’s historic investments in Michigan’s infrastructure, Click here.