Kent County picks up $1.9M for roads

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Michigan’s roadways are getting some extra financial support after the brutal winter.

Counties, cities and villages have received a combined $60.9 million to help restore road maintenance budgets that were depleted by Michigan's tough winter.

The $60.9 million is part of $100 million for special winter road maintenance included in a supplemental appropriations bill enacted by the Michigan Legislature and signed into law this month by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Kent County will get nearly $1.9 million for road maintenance.

The Michigan Department of Transportation allocated the one-time appropriation of $100 million according to the Public Act 51 of 1951 road-funding formula — meaning MDOT received $39.1 million, counties $39.1 million and cities and villages $21.8 million.

The Act 51 formula is complex.

How much a county, city or village receives in funding through Act 51 depends on several factors, including road mileage and population.

Counties, cities and villages receiving portions of the $60.9 million must use the money for winter maintenance costs, and not costs such as administration, overhead or other indirect costs.

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