Rep Bizon says M66 project part of states dedication to roads

first_img Legislator: Coming budget has record transportation spending Categories: Bizon News,News 07Aug Rep. Bizon says M-66 project part of state’s dedication to roadscenter_img State Rep. Dr. John Bizon today said a road project starting next week to make a portion of M-66 in Battle Creek safer is another example of the importance the Legislature has placed on repairing and maintaining the state’s transportation system.Bizon, of Battle Creek, said the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will begin work Monday on 2.7 miles of M-66 from D Drive South to Glenn Cross Road. The $547,000 project includes resurfacing the road, lengthening the southbound right-turn lane at Glenn Cross Road, and joint and crack repairs.“This will make the road smoother and safer for families as well as business traffic,” Bizon said. “Currently southbound cars and trucks have a very short right-turn lane from Glenn Cross Road, which MDOT said is an ongoing safety concern. Lengthening the turn lane will ease traffic congestion as well.”Bizon said more projects such as this will take place throughout the state in the coming fiscal year.“The Legislature made repairing roads, bridges and underground water systems a priority, and the budget for the coming fiscal year has more money than ever before in the state’s history dedicated to fixing our transportation system,” said Bizon, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. “At nearly every meeting I attend or office hours I conduct, the issue of our crumbling roads and bridges is raised. We listened to your concerns and are taking action moving forward.”Bizon said the project will continue through October and one lane of M-66 will remain open with flag control directing traffic flow. In addition to improving safety, Bizon said the new asphalt surface will extend the life of the road by up to 10 years.“The Legislature is also demanding stronger warranties to make sure the money is not being wasted on projects that require repaving a few years down the road,” Bizon said. “We are careful to get the most out of every tax dollar entrusted to us to maintain roads and bridges.”#####last_img