Funds to benefit pedestrians, bikers in Muskegon County

LANSING — Federal and local funds will be used to make roads safer for pedestrian and bicycle traffic in Muskegon County, said Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart.

“These improvements will help ensure that bikers and pedestrians can safely travel on Black Lake Road,” Hansen said. “I’m glad to see these funds dedicated to a worthwhile project that will enable residents of Muskegon County to get out and be active in their community. This is great news.”

The city of Norton Shores will use $259,556 in federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) funds and $111,238 of its own money to construct 5.5-foot-wide bituminous paved shoulders along both sides of Black Lake Road for more than a mile between Pontaluna Road and the Muskegon/Ottawa County line.

The $370,794 project will connect the existing paved shoulders that share the same function at Pontaluna Road to a future bike path along Black Lake Road in Ottawa County.

The paved shoulders will accommodate P.J. Hoffmaster State Park visitors and help further develop the local and county nonmotorized master plans, as well as the proposed U.S. 35 Bike Route through the Muskegon area.

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation’s website, the TE program is a competitive grant program that funds projects such as nonmotorized paths, streetscapes, and historic preservation of transportation facilities. Administered by MDOT, these investments enhance Michigan’s transportation system by providing choices, promoting walkability and improving safety.

More information on the Transportation Enhancement program is available at: www.michigan.gov/tea.

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