GENESEE COUNTY — 17 townships in Genesee County will receive a considerable surge in road project funding in 2019, thanks to increased 50/50 allocation funds from the Genesee County Road Commission.
Altogether, the GCRC has set aside $2.4 million for selected townships to use toward improving local section-line roads—which is triple the $800,000 funding total that they received last year.
According to the GCRC Local Road Improvements and Funding Policy, townships must match at least 50% of their allocated funds within the current budget year. Road Commission allocated funds can only be used toward section line or equivalent section line roads and cannot be used for projects on subdivision streets.
Fred Peivandi, the GCRC manager-director, said that the Road Commission has received more funding from the Michigan Transportation Fund, which is operated by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). In turn, this has allowed GCRC to increase allocation funds for the county in 2019.
“We felt that we needed to invest more money into local roads,” he said. “The increase from the Michigan Transportation Fund allows us to do that.”
Some of the townships receiving allocated funds include: Davison Township, $157,041; Flint Township, $162,413; Grand Blanc Township, $185,657; Flushing Township, $134,323; Mundy Township, $137,031; and Clayton Township, $127,231.
Peivandi said that the allocated funds could be used for many types of heavy maintenance improvements, including paving, milling and chip seal projects.
Townships can also use the money for replacing bridges and culverts, ditching existing roadways and performing aggregate resurfacing of limestone or natural gravel roads.
The GCRC will be holding a series of meetings this fall to discuss the allocation funds in greater detail with the townships, who will propose their plans for using the money.
Next year’s allocated road fund projects can’t begin until May.