LANSING, Mich., May 9, 2023 — Earlier this year, the Michigan House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 7, a budget supplemental that allocates $25 million for the Transportation Economic Development Fund, a match grant road funding program for cities and villages with fewer than 10,000 people. With the communities of Benton Harbor, Bridgman, Douglas, Grand Beach, Lincoln, Michiana, New Buffalo, Saugatuck, Shoreham, South Haven, St. Joseph and Stevensville eligible to apply for the funding, State Rep. Joey Andrews (D-St. Joseph) issued the following statement on the funding:

“I am grateful for the opportunities this grant will provide for the roads in my district and the very community I live in. I am honored to have voted yes to bring this much-needed funding to District 38. When we talk about fixing the roads, we’re not just talking about major highways. The roads in our communities that we use every day are just as, if not more, important and just as in need of repair. This is a great way to improve safety and quality of life in our Lakeshore towns.”

The goal of the grants is intended to offset the costs of fixing roads in communities around the state and invest in reconstruction, replacement, rehabilitation or preventive maintenance projects.