(LANSING, MI) — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) has introduced a Senate Concurrent Resolution urging prioritization of the I-275 project and asking the United States Congress and U.S. Department of Transportation to approve a grant to reconfigure the I-275/Ford Road interchange.
In addition to fostering economic development in the region, this project addresses the top two most dangerous stretches of road in the state, Ford Rd. between Lilley Rd. and Ikea Dr. and Ford Rd. between Haggerty Rd. and the south I-275 ramp.
“Every day more than 50,000 vehicles travel the roads in and around the I-275/Ford Road interchange, creating lengthy traffic backups and numerous accidents,” said Colbeck. “As the population continues to rise in Canton Township, this problem will only worsen. The project is not only necessary to make our roadways more efficient, but to also protect human life.”
Canton Township authorities, led by Canton Township Supervisor Phil LaJoy, recently applied for the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, which would provide the $20.3 million in federal dollars to fund the project. Not only would the interchange reconfiguration reduce accident rates, it would also reduce emissions, resulting in an estimated 10 percent decrease in vehicle hours traveled.
“This project enjoys overwhelming support from local leaders and the surrounding community, not just for the improvements we will see from behind the wheel, but also for its economic impact,” Colbeck said. “The project itself will create more than 200 construction jobs and upon completion the reconfiguration will encourage increased economic development, creating more jobs in the area.”
Colbeck has requested that the Senate Transportation Committee hold a hearing in the 7th District to discuss the matter and is working with committee chair Senator Tom Casperson to schedule the meeting.
Copies of the resolution will be transmitted to the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the members of the Michigan congressional delegation, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.