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      More than $10 million in state funds allocated for road projects in Northern Michigan

      More than $115 million statewide has been allocated for state and local transportation projects through the Roads and Risks Reserve Fund. Over $10.5 million of that will go towards projects in northern Michigan.

      More than $115 million statewide has been allocated for state and local transportation projects through the Roads and Risks Reserve Fund.

      Over $10.5 million of that will go towards projects in northern Michigan.

      "This is great news for the residents and businesses of northwest lower Michigan," said Walker, R-Traverse City. "Good roads are critical for a good economy, and I am delighted to see these projects get underway."

      According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, the legislature created the RRR Fund as a part of the general government budget for 2014. It used $230 million in one-time general fund revenue. One half of those funds were available for appropriation on Oct. 1 and the other half will be available for appropriation on Feb. 1, 2014.

      "I'm very encouraged by the Legislature's willingness to devote greater investment in our transportation system," said Gov. Rick Snyder. "The Roads and Risks Reserve Fund is a terrific state, and we'll carry that momentum forward to our goal of fully funding the needs of Michigan's roads, bridges, rails, airports and public transit. The longer we wait, the more difficult the solution will be."

      "Three years of sound budget decisions and living within our means has made it possible to direct existing resources toward our roads," said Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. "There is still much more work to be done to address all of our infrastructure needs in Michigan, but this is an important part of that process."

      The road projects in the "north" region include:

      -Lake County: $350,000 for Brooks Road between 10 1/2 Mile Road and 12 Mile Road

      -Leelanau County: $342,000 for Fredrickson Road in Empire Township

      -Manistee County: $800,000 for a four mile stretch of Nine Mile Road

      -Wexford County: $2,000,000 for Old US-131 from Boon Road to M-42

      -Wexford County: $240,000 for Boon Road between US-131 and Seeley Road

      -Roscommon County: $655,000 for I-75/M-18

      -Ogemaw County: $400,000 for M-33 inside the Rose City limits

      -Ogemaw County: $1,100,000 for M-55 from I-75 to M-33

      -Grand Traverse County: $500,000 for US-31/M-37 on Division Street between 14th Street to the Grandview Parkway in Traverse City

      -Grand Traverse County: $1,000,000 for West Front Street Bridge

      -Grand Traverse County: $49,000 for Cottage Street in the Village of Kingsley

      -Grand Traverse County: $300,000 for Fenton Street in the Village of Kingsley

      -Grand Traverse County: $301,200 for Pierce Street, Front Street, Janet Street and Main Street in the Village of Fife Lake

      -Antrim County: $900,000 for Old State Road from Central Lake Village to Derenzy Road

      -Presque Isle County: $750,000 for US-23 in Rogers City

      -Emmet County: $445,000 for US-31 in the Bayview/Petoskey area

      -Emmet County: $400,000 for US-31 from Liberty Street to East Mitchell Street including the Mitchell Street Bridge

      "By creating the Roads and Risks Reserve Fund, the Legislature acknowledged the vital need for investing in Michigan's transportation system," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "MDOT appreciates this additional funding, and we will continue working with lawmakers and Gov. Snyder to identify a long-term solution to maintain infrastructure to support Michigan's economic comeback."

      For a full list of projects statewide, click here.