LANSING—Sen. John Proos and Rep. Al Pscholka announced Friday that the city of Coloma will receive a grant for more than $349,000 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for work on Paw Paw Street.
“I applaud Coloma for earning this transportation economic development grant, because these dollars will help improve safety and the local economy,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “The most important reason for enhancing and maintaining our roads and bridges is ensuring the safety of drivers and their passengers. However, quality transportation infrastructure is also vital to supporting local businesses and attracting new job providers to Southwest Michigan.”
The fiscal year 2013 Transportation Economic Development Fund Category F grant was awarded to Coloma to reconstruct, resurface and make sidewalk ramp upgrades to about a half mile of Paw Paw Street from Center Street to the Paw Paw River Bridge. The all-season route connects Coloma with I-94 and the Red Arrow Highway.
The $437,085 project will receive up to $349,668 from the state and $87,417 in matching funds from the city.
“This grant will help our region with much-needed road repairs, ensuring safety and improving infrastructure,” said Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “Grants like this are good investments for communities into tangible assets. Safe roads are vital to the well-being of our residents, and to the economic viability of our businesses.”
Berrien County is one of nine Michigan counties that will use $2.7 million in Category F funds for upgrading roads in urban areas to help keep Michigan open for business year-round.
Category F grants are competitive grants intended to preserve and/or expand all-season road networks within the urban areas of rural counties. Eligible applicants for the grants are county, city and village road agencies within counties with populations of 400,000 or less.
Eligible projects must have a minimum local match of 20 percent. This year, the approved projects will be completed with nearly $1.9 million in local matching funds with upgrades including road reconstruction, resurfacing and drainage improvements.
Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”