LANSING, Mich., April 13, 2023 — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced funding is available via the Community Infrastructure Grant to help small communities with local road and transportation infrastructure projects. This program allows for local government investments to be matched by the state — funded by spending included in Senate Bill 7, which allocated $25 million for the Transportation Economic Development Fund. Upon hearing this news, state Rep. Jim Haadsma (D-Battle Creek) issued the following statement:


“The announcement of this grant program is most welcome news. It means the state will match local funds dollar-for-dollar to make roadway improvements. Not only does this make way for the opportunity to improve transportation infrastructure in Springfield and Albion, it also means there is an opening to bring more construction jobs to our local communities. Sounds like a win-win to me.”


Background: MDOT launched a site accepting applications for the Community Infrastructure Grant on April 11. This is part of the supplemental House Democrats voted for in January of this year. The program will match 50% of eligible funds for cities and villages with populations of 10,000 people or less to offset the costs of fixing roads and invest in reconstruction, replacement, rehabilitation or preventive maintenance projects in these smaller jurisdictions.