Two Wexford County communities will be getting substantial assistance from the state to upgrade their roads.

Through a program administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation, Manton and Mesick both have been awarded grants in the amount of $88,757 and $120,000 respectively.

The program, which is commonly referred to as Category B, awarded money to 23 villages and cities in Michigan with populations less than 10,000.

Projects were selected, in part, because they are paired with planned infrastructure work, coordinated with other road agencies, focused on extending the useful life of the road, and lacked other funding sources.

“This grant is great news for communities across the state that need help getting their roads fixed right now,‘ said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “This funding will help meet some of our most critical infrastructure needs at the community level. While this should not be viewed as a solution to our statewide road funding crisis, it will serve as a critical measure of relief for these communities until we implement a real transportation funding solution.‘

Grant awards range from $24,000 to $250,000 for road resurfacing, culvert replacement, pavement crack sealing and shoulder paving.

MDOT representative Michael Leon said the funds will be distributed in October of 2020, contingent on several factors, including a commitment of matching funds from the municipalities.

Mesick applied for assistance to complete a number of improvements on several roads, with the total cost coming to $177,514.

North 11 Road from 18 Road to Henry Street will be resurfaced with chip seal and crack fill. This roadwork will also include 350 feet of guardrail installation.

North Alvin Street from M-115 north to Edward Street will be resurfaced with asphalt for 300 feet and blended into the rest of the roadway.

Henry Street, South Clark Street, North Clark Street, North Eugene Street, 11 Road, West Edward Street, Howard Street, 18 Road, 16 Road, Adelbert Street, Edward Street, West John Street, John Street, North Walter Street, South Walter Street, South Alvin Street, Simmons Street and South Eugene Street will be resurfaced with chip seal and crack fill.

Manton has proposed work on only one street — Main Street — at a total cost of $240,000.

Plans call for superstructure replacement on Main Street Bridge over Manton Creek through excavation, installation of new steel stringers with deck pan, new steel railings and steel W beam guardrail.

Work on these projects can’t begin until MDOT approves the contractor chosen by the municipality through the bid process, which means it likely won’t be until mid to late 2020.

Enacted in 1987 and reauthorized in 1993, the Transportation Economic Development Fund helps finance highway, road and street projects that are critical to the movement of people and products, and for getting workers to their jobs, materials to growers and manufacturers, and finished goods to consumers, according to a description of the program on MDOT’s website.

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