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All-Season roads receive grants for construction

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More than three million dollars in state grants has been awarded to ten counties in Michigan to help with road construction.

State officials said the projects will expand and preserve roads for year round commercial trucking.

Michael Leon is program manager for the Transportation Economic Development Fund. He said these projects will help rural areas become stronger economically.

“The purpose of these funds are for those smaller urban areas within the rural counties to have funding to connect to the all season system outside of the urban areas.”

Ten counties have been awarded state grants for road construction.

Leon said the three-million in funding will go to projects to improve the economic strengths of more rural areas.

“Either expand that roadway to be part of the all season system or be part of the all season system.”

Grant awards were given for work including Pickard Ave in Isabella County, Werth Rd. in Alpena County and Atkins Rd. in Emmet County.