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Governor announces $12 million in federal transportation enhancement grants
Aug 25, 2004
August 25, 2004 - - Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm today announced the state is awarding $12 million in new transportation enhancement grants to local Michigan communities. The transportation enhancement grants enable communities across the state to invest in landscapes, streetscapes, and bike path and trail development, and are administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The $12 million in federal funding for Michigan communities will generate matching investment from other sources of almost $4 million, resulting in a total $16 million investment.
"These grants will help create people-friendly, walkable streets that make the kind of mixed-use neighborhoods places where people want to live, work, and do business," said Granholm. "Michigan needs neighborhoods like these to attract and retain the 21st century businesses and workers we need to sustain and grow our economy."
Of the 24 projects announced today, 10 will directly contribute to neighborhoods that have been awarded Cool Cities Catalyst Grants announced by Gov. Granholm in June. In addition, four of the awarded projects are in cities that had submitted Cool Cities applications but were not selected for 2004 grants.
In addition to the interagency and public/private partnerships represented by projects in Cool Cities, MDOT will partner with local communities on several projects. Several of these projects involve integrating enhancements requested by the community with roadwork that MDOT already had planned to do. MDOT says that such partnerships result in getting both the enhancement and the road work done at a lower cost with only one disruption to the local area.
Federal transportation enhancement funds are funded by the 10 percent of the federal Surface Transportation Fund that is set aside for enhancement projects. MDOT is responsible for ensuring that the monies are fairly distributed geographically, jurisdictionally, and across the various program areas. Federal transportation enhancement funds cannot be used to build or repair roads. If Michigan were to choose not to fund transportation enhancement projects, those federal funds would be made available to other states for their transportation enhancement activities.
The following list highlights by county some of 24 transportation enhancement grants announced today:
The city of Alpena will streetscape Washington Avenue (M-32) from Lockwood Street to Tawas Street, and approximately 200 feet of Second Avenue. This project will improve the neighborhood that recently was awarded the Cool Cities "Alpena Heritage Riverwalk" project. The project will include historic lighting, tree grates, tree plantings, and sidewalks accented with decorative stenciled and colored concrete. The budget for this project is $127,428, including $101,942 in federal funds, and $25,486 from the city of Alpena.
The city of Bay City will rehabilitate the historic Pere Marquette Depot recently purchased by the Great Lakes Center Foundation with a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Special Purchase Grant. The project involves repairing existing windows, replacing missing windows, rebuilding a demolished tower, restoring the roof by removing the asphalt shingles, and installing clay tiles and tuck pointing the masonry. In addition, decorative details on the exterior will be repaired and replaced. The depot waiting room will be partially restored by removing an added floor and repairing the original ceiling. This project will improve the neighborhood that recently was awarded the Cool Cities "Waterfall Park" project. The project budget is $883,590, including $706,872 in federal funds and $176,718 in matching funds to be paid for with grants from a variety of sources including the Russell H. and Maxine E. Smith Charitable Foundation, the Kantzler Foundation, the Herbert H. and Grace A.!
Dow Foundation, and the Gerstacker Foundation.
MDOT will partner with the city of Bay City to streetscape three-tenths of a mile along M-13 between Broadway and Fremont streets. The streetscape improvements include pedestrian-level ornamental lighting, specialty pavement crosswalks at seven intersections in the business district, and sidewalk replacement where needed. This project will be coordinated with MDOT's reconstruction of M-13 in 2004. The budget for this project is $224,024, including $129,934 in federal funds and $94,090 from the city of Bay City Community Development Block Grant.
The city of Benton Harbor, in conjunction with the reconstruction of Colfax Avenue between Empire and Britain avenues, will use enhancement funding to create a decorative brick facade on the retaining wall being reconstructed. The facade will use historic brick pavers removed from Colfax Avenue during the reconstruction to preserve the historical significance of the brick pavers and improve the aesthetics of the neighborhood. The proposed budget is $120,000, including $96,000 in federal funds and $24,000 from the city of Benton Harbor.
MDOT and the city of Clare will streetscape portions of McEwan Street (M-115/US-10 Business Route) along five-tenths of a mile in Clare County. This project is located in two segments adjacent to the existing streetscape development along McEwan Street in downtown Clare: south from the Ann Arbor Railroad crossing to Beech Street, and north from Pine Street to Jefferson Street. Ornamental street lighting, brick sidewalk pavers, concrete sidewalk, street furniture, and shade trees with iron grates will be used. The budget is $501,375, including $401,100 in federal funds and $100,275 from MDOT.
MDOT will widen road shoulders to six feet on M-93, from Camp Grayling north to M-72, in order to add bike lanes in Grayling Township. This enhancement project will be coupled with an MDOT road improvement in 2005. The project budget is $78,814, including $61,551 in federal funds and $15,763 in matching funds from MDOT, $1,000 from the Crawford County Multi-Use Pathway Committee, and $500 from the Grayling Promotional Association.
MDOT will improve scenic Thompson Roadside Park located on M-25 in Huron County. The park, which is owned and managed by MDOT, occupies 225 feet of scenic public beach frontage on Saginaw Bay. The improvements include landscaping, new walkways to provide ADA accessibility, new interpretive signage for the existing historic grindstones located in the park, and improvements to the existing stairway leading to the scenic beach area. The budget for this project is $37,910, including $7,582 from MDOT, and $30,328 in federal funds.
MDOT will construct a 10-foot-long, non-motorized path for 3.8 miles of the Sunrise Side Pathway in Alabaster Township. The project begins at Whittemore Road and US-23, heading west for approximately one-half mile. From Whittemore to Alabaster roads, the path will follow easements from National Gypsum and/or the railroad. The proposed budget is $657,019, including $525,615 in federal funds, and $131,404 from MDOT. An additional $184,719 in funding for associated work is being contributed by an Arts and Cultural Grant and National Gypsum.
This project is located on the US-23 bridge over the scenic Au Sable River along Lake Huron in Au Sable Charter Township. In order to maximize the visual impact, MDOT will install ornamental fencing as part of MDOT's bridge renovation project to enhance the views at this waterfront location. This project covers the cost difference between 1,450 linear feet of chain link fence and an ornamental fence. The total project cost is $74,457, with $59,566 in federal enhancement funds and $14,891 in matching funds from MDOT.
The city of Jackson is planning to streetscape Jackson Street, from Washington Avenue to Louis Glick Highway, and Cortland Street, from Blackstone to Francis streets. The improvements will include: low-level pedestrian lighting; stamped concrete sidewalk and crosswalks; curb extensions at crosswalks, trees with grates, brick planter boxes, ornate metal fencing, decorative urns, bollards, trash receptacles and bike racks. This project will improve the neighborhood that recently was awarded the Cities "Jackson Armory Arts" project. The budget for this project is $1,047,369, including $261,842 from the City of Jackson and $785,527 in federal funds.
The city of Grand Rapids will rehabilitate three city blocks located on Cherry Street in the Heartside Historic District. Currently, the streetscape elements, along with the curbs, gutters and sidewalks, have deteriorated over time. This project includes removing the existing street while salvaging the old bricks. The street will then be reconstructed by installing the salvaged bricks and new utility covers, catch basins, sidewalks, curbs and drive approaches, ornamental lighting and shade trees. This project will improve the neighborhood that recently was awarded the Cool Cities "Avenue for the Arts" project. The total project cost is $571,785, which includes $257,303 in a local match from the City of Grand Rapids and the Downtown Development Authority, and $314,482 in federal funds.
The city of Marquette will continue its downtown Linear park project from Third Street through Seventh Street, along the old railroad right-of-way. The city also will construct a non-motorized trail to link the South Rail Yards development now known as Founder's Landing with the Marquette Commons that will connect the downtown to the lakeshore via the non-motorized pathway. This will create a much-needed link and will provide an attractive and inviting connection between the activity hub of the downtown and the larger trail network. In addition, this project will improve the neighborhood that recently was awarded the Cool Cities "Marquette Commons" project. The proposed budget is $1,048,387, including $650,000 in federal funds, and $398,387 in a local match from the city of Marquette.
The city of Ferndale will landscape the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Nine Mile Road in Oakland County. The landscape treatment will include: ornamental trees, evergreen and deciduous shrubs, ornamental grasses, perennial flowers and groundcover, ornamental pavement, interpretive markers and decorative landscape lighting. This project will improve the neighborhood that recently was awarded the Cool Cities "Ferndale BUILD Program" project. The proposed budget is $194,260, including $155,408 in federal funds, and $38,852 from the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority.
MDOT will complete soil stabilization measures at the M-25 (Port Sanilac) Motorist Park along a portion of the existing bluff that is experiencing the most rapid rate of soil loss. This project consists of placing an embankment at the base of the bluff in order to shape the slope to a stable cross section. This embankment then will be "armored" with large diameter rock material to shield the embankment from wave action. Geo-textile materials, terracing, or other stabilizing techniques and materials will be utilized to permanently stabilize the remaining exposed portions of the slope and to establish vegetative cover. The proposed budget is $341,320, including $273,056 in federal funds, and $68,264 from MDOT.
In partnership with the city of Port Huron, MDOT will streetscape three-tenths of a mile of Military Street (Business Loop I-94) and Quay Street between Court and Water streets in Port Huron's business district and develop a pocket park at the intersection of Military/Huron and Quay streets. Proposed improvements include sidewalks, concrete planters, ornamental street lighting, street furniture and landscaping including shade trees, ornamental and evergreen trees, shrubs, perennials and groundcover. The project will create a more visually appealing environment while providing persons with disabilities access to the existing boardwalk along the Black River. In addition, this project will improve the neighborhood that recently was awarded the Cool Cities "Art Incubator" project in the Relics Building near the waterfront development. The proposed budget is $1,031,105, including $824,884 in federal funds, and $206,221 from MDOT.
The St. Clair County Road Commission will partner with the St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission to extend the existing 9.82-mile Wadhams-to-Avoca Trail with an additional two and one-half miles. This project is to acquire an additional segment of an abandoned CSX Railroad right-of-way and then convert it to multi-use pedestrian and non-motorized trailway. The proposed extension is essential in order to connect the Wadhams-to-Avoca and Bridge-to-Bay trails (both major trails) in St. Clair County. The project budget is abandoned CSX Railroad right-of-way and then convert it to multi-use pedestrian and non-motorized trailway. The proposed extension is essential in order to connect the Wadhams-to-Avoca and Bridge-to-Bay trails (both major trails) in St. Clair County. The project budget is $302,500, including $175,450 in federal funds, $56,250 from a Greenways Grant and $70,800 from St. Clair County.
The city of Ypsilanti will streetscape Huron Street (M-17) for two-tenths of a mile, between Pearl Street and Ferris Street. Project elements include landscaped entry islands, sidewalk bump-outs, shade trees with ornamental grates, ornamental iron fencing with masonry piers, ornamental street lighting, and sidewalks with a combination of brick pavers and concrete. This project will improve the neighborhood that recently was awarded the Cool Cities "Riverside Arts Center Expansion" project. The proposed budget is $145,002, including $72,501 in federal funds, and $72,501 from the City of Ypsilanti and the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Association.
The city of Detroit plans to streetscape one-tenth of a mile of East Jefferson Street. This project, located adjacent to the Pewabic Pottery Campus, is part of the campus expansion program. The improvements include plain and exposed aggregate sidewalks, concrete planters, curbs, landscaping including shade trees, shrubs, ground covers and perennials, ornamental street lighting and accent lighting. This project will improve the neighborhood that recently was awarded the Cool Cities "Jefferson East Business Association Entertainment and Technology Incubator" project. The proposed budget is $224,360, including $179,488 in federal funds and $44,872 from Pewabic Pottery.
MDOT will install streetscape amenities along Michigan Avenue (US-12) between 14th Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard. This project includes replacing the sidewalks with ornamental brick pavers and concrete sidewalks, and adding decorative trash receptacles. The budget is $228,251, including $182,601 in federal funds, and $45,650 from the MDOT. This project will improve the neighborhood that was recently awarded the Cool Cities "Odd Fellows Hall Rehabilitation" project. Complementary work consisting of trees, tree pits, tree guards, and tree grates will be paid for by the Greening of Detroit $29,857, Greater Corktown Development Corp. $19,560, and the Corktown Historical Society $5,037. The trees will add an aesthetic element and shade pedestrians, lower air temperatures, reduce wind, capture particulate matter, and reduce noise levels.
MDOT will landscape eight bridges within the 17-mile I-94 corridor in Wayne County. The corridor extends from M-39 (the Southfield Expressway) to M-10 (the John R. Lodge Expressway). This project supports the beautification of the I-94 corridor from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport to the city of Detroit. The landscaping will consist of shade trees, evergreen trees, shrubs, and accent lighting. The budget for this project is $943,400 including $188,680 from MDOT, and $754,720 in federal funds.
The Wayne County Department of Public Services, in partnership with The Model T Automotive Heritage Complex, Inc., will restore the facade of the Piquette Avenue Ford Plant. This project will replicate the original doorway and restore the facade to its original state, including repairing the existing windows, tuck pointing the masonry, and applying safe and gentle techniques to remove paint from the brick, while replacing the brick that is damaged. The restoration budget is $199,500, including $159,600 in federal funds, and $39,900 in matching funds provided by The Model T Automotive Heritage Complex, Inc.
MDOT will install streetscape elements along two miles of Michigan Avenue (US-12) from I-94 to Livernois Avenue in the city of Detroit in Wayne County. This project includes ornamental street lighting to extend and complement the lighting themes established elsewhere in downtown Detroit, and ornamental, exposed aggregate sidewalks. This project will be coordinated with MDOT's re-construction of US-12 in 2004-2005. This project will improve the neighborhood that recently was awarded the Cool Cities "Odd Fellows Hall Rehabilitation" project. The proposed budget is $1,483,473, including $1,186,778 in federal funds and $296,695 from MDOT.
MDOT will partner with the city of Detroit to streetscape Gratiot Avenue between Randolph and Orleans streets in the city of Detroit. This project will be paired with a road resurfacing project on Gratiot Avenue in the Central Business District of Detroit. This project will improve the neighborhood that recently was awarded the Cool Cities "Eastern Market Reinvestment Strategy" project. The project includes sidewalk replacements with special pavement markings at crosswalks for intersections, benches, trash receptacles, lighting, and shade trees with tree grates. The budget for the Gratiot Avenue Streetscape project is $5,145,952, with $514,595 from MDOT, $514,595 from the city of Detroit, and $4,116,762 in federal funds.
MDOT will partner with the Program to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC) on a safety and education program targeted to enable persons with disabilities to use their bicycles as transportation. In addition to the safety program, an assessment tool will be developed to provide increased safety for disabled bicycle riders and the transportation system overall. In addition, it will ease the burden on the para-transit system, which provides subsidized transportation for persons with disabilities. The proposed budget is $473,300, including $313,751 in federal funds, and $159,570 in a local match A- MDOT will provide $90,570, the United Way $26,750, UM-Mott's Children's Hospital $15,000, CARES Fund $3,250, Wayne County Parks $12,000 and the Downriver Community College $12,000.