The Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) recently approved 2009–2013 Five Year Transportation Program will bring $171 million in transportation improvements to the Bay Region this year.
MDOT's Bay Region includes 13 counties in the Saginaw Bay area: Arenac, Bay, Clare, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac, and Tuscola. Major state trunk lines in the region include: Interstate 75, Interstate 69, US-127, US-23, and US-10. These highways are primary tourism and international trade routes that serve industrial centers within the Flint area and the Great Lakes Bay Region (Saginaw, Bay and Midland counties), along with the Mt. Pleasant and Thumb areas.
The 2009 rehabilitation and reconstruction work will provide approximately $112.4 million in road and bridge investments, as well as $29.9 million in work continued from the 2008 construction season. Another $16.7 million will be invested in capital preventive maintenance projects in order to keep a significant number of roads and bridges in good condition through minor, preventive repair work. Other investments include $5.6 million for Intelligent Transportation System infrastructure development and $6.2 million dedicated to various safety improvements.
"By utilizing new technologies that will provide motorists with real-time information as they travel Michigan roadways, these investments will serve motorists by improving the pavement and bridge condition, extending the life of the roadways throughout the region, and will promote safety by improving traffic mobility for years to come," said Bay Region Engineer Tony Kratofil. Some major projects planned for 2009 include:
- Interstate 69 pavement reconstruction and bridge rehabilitation from M-15 to M-24 in Genesee and Lapeer counties.
- Interstate 675 road and bridge rehabilitation, including pavement work, freeway lighting and sign upgrades from the north to south Interstate 675/Interstate 75 junctions in Saginaw County.
- Interstate 75/M-21 (Corunna Road) bridge replacement in Genesee County.
- The M-25 (Center Avenue) pavement reconstruction and streetscape project from Johnson Street to Livingston Street in Bay City.
- Interstate 75 and Interstate 69 traffic surveillance equipment and dynamic message systems installation in Saginaw and Genesee counties.
- US-10 rehabilitation and resurfacing from Sanford Lake to the Midland/Bay county line in Midland County.
- US-10 bridge replacements over Sanford Lake in Midland County.
"This list does not reflect additional projects that will be funded under President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," said Kratofil. "Road and bridge improvements included in this economic recovery plan will be announced soon."
Interstate 69, a major route linking Michigan to Canada, transports a high volume of goods, services and people, supporting the national economy. Another significant corridor, Interstate 675, provides access to downtown and commercial districts in the city of Saginaw, in addition to relieving congestion on Interstate 75. US-10, equally important to travel and commerce across the state, also serves as a primary connector for Interstate 75 and US-127.
"It is a priority for the Bay Region to improve the freeway system while simultaneously increasing system reliability and traveler mobility," Kratofil said. "We will continue to place particular emphasis on freeway improvements that will allow for infrastructure and service improvements, pushing Michigan into the forefront of economic competitiveness."