(IRON MOUNTAIN, MI.)–The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is awarding a state Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category F grant of $175,000 to the Dickinson County Road Commission (DCRC) to improve a north-south commercial route that serves several commercial and industrial businesses in the Iron Mountain-Kingsford area.
The DCRC will repair and resurface half a mile of Campbell Street, a local all-season route, from the Breitung Cut-Off Road to the Iron Mountain city limits. The road connects Breitung Cut-Off Road and US-2, providing access to area businesses. It has reached the end of its useful life and the planned improvements will prevent further deterioration and extend its service life. The overall cost of the project is $220,000, including $175,000 in TEDF Category F funding. The DCRC is providing $45,000, or 20 percent of the project cost. The grant was one of nine announced throughout the state, ranging from $175,000 to $375,000, and totaling more than $3.1 million. The grant funding is a competitive program; 34 applications totaling $11.4 million were received.
Enacted in 1987 and reauthorized in 1993, the TEDF helps finance highway, road and street projects that are critical to the movement of people and products, and getting workers to their jobs, materials to growers and manufacturers, and finished goods to consumers. TEDF “Category F” or “Urban Areas in Rural Counties” grants provide state funding for public roadway improvements that create system continuity with the secondary all-season road system. Category F grants provide funding for projects that include improving access to the state all-season system or improving safety and all-season capabilities on routes having high commercial traffic. Eligible road agencies include county road commissions, cities and villages. More information about the program is available online at www.michigan.gov/tedf.