Grant will fund Lawrence village streets reconstruction

    LAWRENCE - The Village of Lawrence  has been notified that it will receive a Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) grant to help with the completion of road construction projects for the 2020 fiscal year. The Village was recently awarded a TEDF matching fund grant of $94,500 to help cover the costs of a mill and fill from East St. Joseph Street to the end of Blackman Street, as well as the removal and replacement of a culvert at the creek crossing.
    The funds will also cover a mill and fill on South Street from Paw Paw Street to Blackman Street. A mill and fill is a structural pavement reconstruction that involves the removal of the existing surface layer and restores it to a “like new” condition. The total cost for both projects is an estimated $189,000.
    Lawrence is one of 23 villages and cities across the state with populations less than 10,000 to receive road funding grants through a second round of funding awarded through the new Community Service Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) program.
    Lawrence Village Manager Dan Faulkner said, “The grant will help with our road reconstruction as the village prepares for the  Van Buren Cass District  Health Department’s future move from County Road 681 to  its  new site - a partnership with the Van Buren Intermediate School District, serving county residents from the Van Buren Technology Center.”
    State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, noted,“These grant dollars are crucial to helping the Village of Lawrence pay for long-term improvements to these roads, as opposed to just temporary fixes. I’m thankful to MDOT for investing in our Southwest Michigan infrastructure.”
    Established by the state Legislature in December 2018 and administered by MDOT, the CSIF is a stop-gap program to help fund road projects in small communities. Successful projects were selected, in part, because they are paired with planned infrastructure work, coordinated with other road agencies, focused on extending the useful life of the road, and lacked other funding sources.
    Grant awards range from $24,000 to $250,000 for road resurfacing, culvert replacement, pavement crack sealing and shoulder paving.
        Enacted in 1987 and reauthorized in 1993, the TEDF helps finance highway, road and street projects that are critical to the movement of people and products, and for getting workers to their jobs, materials to growers and manufacturers, and finished goods to consumers.
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