Sen. Goeff Hansen announces $2.2 million in county road repair funding

LANSING—State Sen. Goeff Hansen announced Thursday that his efforts to secure money for two road repair projects in Muskegon County have paid off, and the projects will receive the necessary funding.

“Earlier this year, after discussions with the Muskegon County Road Commission, I requested road repair funding for two projects along Sternberg Road and Ryerson Road in Muskegon County,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “I am extremely pleased that MDOT honored my request and now these roads will receive the necessary funding to improve this important infrastructure in Muskegon County.”

Grants from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will fund the two projects.

“Our wise budget and spending choices of recent years have enabled us to use existing resources to repair our roads,” Hansen said. “The $115 million state Roads and Risk Reserve Fund, part of the current general government budget, will provide the money for these projects.”

The first grant of $1,145,000 will be used to reconstruct four miles of Sternberg Road from Brooks Road to Maple Island Road in Muskegon County. Due to higher volumes of traffic near the Lakes Mall and associated commercial development, much-needed safety improvements will be realized through this reconstruction.

The second grant of $1,075,000 will be used to rehabilitate more than four miles of Ryerson Road from M-120 to Holton-Duck Lake Road. Ryerson Road connects central northern Muskegon County with Maple Island Road and Newaygo County to the east. Two curves require treatment for improved safety operations, and safety guardrails will be installed at the bridge over Cedar Creek.

“We certainly need to do more to solve our local infrastructure problems, but directly funding these Muskegon County projects is a major first step in that process,” Hansen said.

“I look forward to seeing the projects completed. West Michigan’s residents, tourists and job providers depend on the state’s transportation system for leisure travel, workday commutes and the movement of goods. I will work with our local partners to devise long-term solutions that address our infrastructure needs, and I will continue to work hard to improve the infrastructure across Michigan.”