LANSING – State Representative Marcia Hovey-Wright (D-Muskegon) today applauded a grant from the federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) program that will help build bike paths and non-motorized trails across Muskegon County.

“This is fantastic news for our community,” Hovey-Wright said. “Muskegon County is full of natural beauty and wonderful natural resources for our residents to enjoy. These improvements to our trails and bike paths will provide our residents with safe and easy ways to explore our great outdoors.”

The federal funding will help the city of North Muskegon build a path from the Veterans Memorial Causeway along Lake Avenue and Center Street in order to connect the Muskegon Shoreline Trail with the Frederik Meijer Berry Junction Trail that will be built on the north side of the city. The project also includes connections to bike lanes on Ruddiman Drive. When completed, the network of trails and paths will provide a non-motorized connection between three counties.

The federal TE program is a competitive grant program that funds projects such as non-motorized paths, streetscapes, and historic preservation of transportation facilities. The goal of the program is to enhance Michigan’s intermodal transportation system and improve the quality of life for Michigan citizens.