Senator O’Brien and Representative Iden: Budget Includes $4.6 Million For Kalamazoo County Road Projects

Senator Margaret O'Brien

Senator Margaret O’Brien

LANSING, Mich. — The Legislature on Tuesday approved the state’s annual budget, which included an increase of $330 million specifically for roads and bridges. Senator Margaret O’Brien said $4.6 million is dedicated for local road repair projects in Kalamazoo County.

“People in our community have asked the state to increase road funding,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “I have listened to them, and we will have over $4.6 million in additional money to fix our roads in Kalamazoo County.”

Road projects receiving money from the budget include:

  • $1.8 million for a project on Zylman Avenue in Kalamazoo;
  • $850,000 for a project on Idaho Avenue in Portage, and
  • $600,000 for a project on Lovers Lane in Kalamazoo.

“These are exciting projects that will improve transportation and bolster economic growth in our community,” said Representative Iden, of Oshtemo. “I am pleased to work alongside Senator O’Brien to ensure dollars are invested right here in our neighborhoods.”

In addition, Senator O’Brien was able to secure funding for the following projects:

  • $850,000 for a project on Portage Street in Kalamazoo;
  • $460,000 for a project on Texas Drive from 8th Street to 12th Street, and
  • $55,000 for a project on Wellhouse Drive in the village of Vicksburg.

Cumulatively the Senate has worked to add a total of $2.4 billion to our roads since 2017 as a result of the road funding package and prioritized spending.