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      County and township agree to help fund road project

      The road commission has secured about $1.1 million for the project, but needs an additional $1.1 million for it to be completed.

      Officials in Grand Traverse County met Wednesday night to discuss improvements to LaFranier Road, and how the Grand Traverse County Road Commission can afford to do a complete project on the road, rather than just a part of it.

      The road commission has secured about $1.1 million for the project, but needs an additional $1.1 million for it to be completed.

      At the meeting, the road commission asked the county and Garfield Township commissioners to help pitch in for the remaining dollars.

      Both parties agreed to participate in the project, but still need to work out where the money will come from.

      The plan is to split the additional $1.1 million three ways.

      The original $1.1 million would allow the road commission to improve a portion of LaFranier Road, but if they want to take the construction all the way to Hammond Road they'd need the extra dollars. The extra dollars will also allow them to improve pedestrian access and public transit on the road.

      "This is an unusual project," said Grand Traverse County Road Commission manager, Jim Cook. "It's a primary local but it carries a lot of traffic and it carries a lot of pedestrian traffic and a lot of bussing. It's a very important project for the community."

      Cook, says he'd like to see the project begin before the end of the year but says they have a goal to start it by Spring 2015.

      Garfield Township and Grand Traverse County officials will be meeting to further discuss how they plan to help pitch in for the project.