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Federal Funding Approved for Future MI Road Projects

Funding was approved for nearly $52 million worth of future road projects on February 6 by the Oakland County Federal Aid Task Force Funding Committee at its annual project selection meeting. The committee allocates federal road funding to projects within the county. Each year, the committee identifies the projects that will receive the available federal road funds three years in the future.

March 05, 2007

Funding was approved for nearly $52 million worth of future road projects on February 6 by the Oakland County Federal Aid Task Force Funding Committee at its annual project selection meeting.

The committee allocates federal road funding to projects within the county. Each year, the committee identifies the projects that will receive the available federal road funds three years in the future. This year, for the first time, it selected projects for both three and four years in the future, 2010 and 2011, and also added funding for additional projects in 2009.

Certain Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), city and village road projects are eligible for federal funds. Federal road funds are the primary funding source for major road improvements in Michigan.

The amount of funding the county receives is determined primarily by the amount of money the federal government designates for road funding each year. This money is then divided by formula between the states and then between regions and counties within each state. The "pot" the committee has to spend also includes some state road funding through the Michigan Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF).

The 14-member Federal Aid Task Force Funding Committee includes 10 representatives of Oakland's cities, villages and townships, as well as two members from RCOC, one representative from the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) and one from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The committee reviews projects that are submitted by RCOC and cities and villages in the county. The projects compete for the available funds. In order to receive funding, projects must be rated, ranked and approved by the committee.

The projects are ranked using a "worst first" point system that gives the most points to those projects that will do the most to improve motorist safety and reduce traffic congestion. The projects that receive the most points receive funding. Every year, worthy projects costing millions of dollars go unfunded because of a lack of funds.

"Nearly $52 million seems like a lot of money. However, when you consider how much it costs these days to widen roads, and how great the needs are in Oakland County, this is really just a drop in the bucket," explained RCOC Managing Director Brent Bair. "Over the next 10 years, we anticipate more than $2 billion worth of road needs on RCOC roads and city and village streets."

Bair added the committee process is a very fair and objective means of determining which projects will receive the limited federal dollars available. "We are pleased to see so many worthy projects receive at least partial funding through this process," he stated.

Additionally, Bair noted the Oakland County Federal Aide Task Force's process of project selection is so fair and equitable that it was identified in the past by the Federal Highway Administration as a model for use nationwide.

PROJECT LIMITS PHASE JURISDICTION COMMUNITY FEDERAL FUNDS
Southfield Road (Reconstruct five lanes to a four-lane boulevard) 12 Mile to 13 Mile Design RCOC Southfield $ 597,000
Washington Avenue, Lincoln to Woodward (rehabilitate and resurface) Construction Royal Oak $ 310,000
Total 2009: $907,000

PROJECT LIMITS PHASE JURISDICTION COMMUNITY FEDERAL FUNDS
Martin Luther King (Widen to five lanes) Elm St. to M-59 Construction Pontiac Pontiac $ 5,576,000
Stephenson Highway (Reconstruct) 14 Mile to I-75 Construction Troy Troy $ 2,657,000
Southfield (Reconstruct as a 6-lane boulevard) 10 Mile to 11 Mile Construction RCOC Southfield and Lathrup Village $ 8,880,000
Wattles (Widen to a boulevard) East and west of Rochester Construction Troy Troy $ 2,175,000
Ray Road (Pave gravel) M-24 to Oxford Road Construction RCOC Oxford Twp $ 1.5 million
Orchard Lake (Reconstruct as a boulevard) 13-Mile to 14-Mile Design RCOC Farmington Hills $ 659,000
14 Mile (Rehabilitate and resurface) Farmington to Orchard Lake Construction Farmington Hills Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield Township $ 818,000
14 Mile (Rehabilitate and resurface) Drake to Farmington Construction Farmington Hills Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield Township $ 890,000
South Boulevard. (Rehabilitate and resurface) MLK to Opdyke Construction Pontiac Pontiac $ 404,000
Nine Mile (Rehabilitate and resurface) Greenfield to Parklawn Construction Oak Park Oak Park $ 713,000
Joslyn (Rehabilitate and resurface) Walton to north city limits Construction Pontiac Pontiac $ 210,000
Main (Rehabilitate and resurface) 13 Mile to Chippewa Construction Royal Oak Royal Oak $ 235,000
Wayne (Rehabilitate and resurface) Pike to Lafayette Construction Royal Oak Royal Oak $ 94,000
Crooks (Rehabilitate and resurface) North Main to Webster Construction Royal Oak Royal Oak $ 561,000
North Main Crooks to 13 Mile Construction Royal Oak Royal Oak $527,000
Total 2010: $25,899,000

PROJECT LIMITS PHASE JURISDICTION COMMUNITY FEDERAL FUNDS
Baldwin (Widen to either a four-lane boulevard or five lanes) Morgan to Waldon Design RCOC Orion Township $ 1,090,000
12 Mile (Widen from two lanes to five lanes with a bridge over the CSX railroad) Beck to Dixon Design RCOC Wixom and Novi $ 1,322,000
Halsted (Widen from two lanes to five lanes) Grand River to Hill Tech Design Farmington Hills Farmington Hills $ 1,201,000
Crooks (Widen to a four-lane boulevard) M-59 to Hamlin Construction RCOC Rochester Hills $ 5,137,000
Livernois (Widen from two lanes to five lanes) Long Lake to Square Lake Troy Troy $ 2,400,000
Not yet determined (pave gravel) RCOC $ 1,500,000
Middlebelt (Rehabilitate and resurface) Eight Mile to 10 Mile Construction RCOC Farmington Hills $ 826,000
Walton Blvd. (Rehabilitate and resurface) Clintonville to Pontiac limits Construction RCOC Waterford Township $ 804,000
Farmington (Rehabilitate and resurface) 13 Mile to Glenmuer Construction Farmington Hills Farmington Hills $ 554,000
14 Mile (Rehabilitate and resurface) Northwestern to Middlebelt Construction Farmington Hills Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield Township $ 745,000
12 Mile (Rehabilitate and resurface) Crooks to Main Construction Royal Oak Royal Oak $ 248,000
Walton Boulevard (Rehabilitate and resurface) Adams to Livernois Construction RCOC Rochester Hills $ 1,130,000
Crooks (Rehabilitate and resurface) Equity to Big Beaver Construction RCOC Troy $ 703,000
Adams (Rehabilitate and resurface) South Blvd. to Auburn Construction RCOC Rochester Hills/Auburn Hills $ 539,000
Normandy (Rehabilitate and resurface) Crooks to Main Construction Royal Oak Royal Oak $ 580,000
John R 14 Mile to Maple (Rehabilitate and resurface) Construction RCOC Troy $ 669,000
Centerpoint Parkway Opdyke to South Boulevard (Rehabilitate and resurface) Construction Pontiac Pontiac $ 432,000
Middlebelt (Rehabilitate and resurface) 10 Mile to 11 Mile Construction RCOC Farmington Hills $ 538,000
Rochester Road (Rehabilitate and resurface) 14 Mile to Elmwood Construction RCOC Clawson $ 280,000
Orchard Lake (Rehabilitate and resurface) Eight Mile to Grand River Construction RCOC Farmington Hills $ 346,000
10 Mile (Rehabilitate and resurface) Greenfield to Kenosha Construction RCOC Oak Park $ 409,000
Campbell (Rehabilitate and resurface) 13 Mile to 14 Mile Construction Madison Heights Madison Heights $ 1,023,000
Lafayette (Rehabilitate and resurface) Wayne to Perry Construction Pontiac Pontiac $ 64,000
Main (Reconstruct and resurface) Lincoln to Maple Construction Clawson Clawson $ 2,124,000
Fern (Reconstruct and resurface) Chesterfield to CN Terminal Construction Ferndale Ferndale $ 165,000
Chesterfield (Reconstruct and resurface) Fair to Fern Construction Ferndale Ferndale $ 90,000
Total 2011: $24,919,000
Total 2009, 2010, 2011: $51,725,000

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