06.05.18

Peters Applauds Nearly $98 Million for Mound Road Corridor

Effort to Reconstruct Mound Road in Macomb County Receives Federal Resources

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded an announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) of a $ 97,864,465 grant to revamp Mound Road in Macomb County. The Mound Technology and Innovation Corridor Project will transform the roadway into a next-generation corridor that will reduce congestion, move freight more efficiently and build in smart technologies for connected vehicles. Mound Road is a major thoroughfare that is home to automotive, aerospace and defense manufacturers, as well as the U.S. Army’s Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) and Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). Currently, the 30-year-old, 8-lane connection between M-59 and I-696 is pothole-ridden and has a decaying roadbed.

“Macomb County is home to world-class innovators, manufacturers and workers, and we need world-class infrastructure to match. Today’s announcement will help transform Mound Road from a pothole-ridden road to a modernized transportation corridor,” said Senator Peters, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “I was proud to support this federal investment that will improve critical infrastructure used daily by thousands of Michiganders and incorporate 21st century technologies to prepare for future automotive innovation.”

“This grant award is significant for two reasons. First, it provides us with the needed funding to invest in our region's number one need: fixing our infrastructure,” said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel. “It also strengthens Macomb County's position as a leader in mobility.”

Peters, who is Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, strongly advocated for the Mound Technology and Innovation Corridor Project, speaking directly with DOT Secretary Elaine Chao about the initiative. Earlier this month, Peters led a letter to Secretary Chao in support of the MITC project, which was signed by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Representatives Sander Levin (MI-09) and Paul Mitchell (MI-10). The federal funds for the project will come from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program within DOT and will leverage a total investment of $192 million for the project.

 

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