County Officials Approve a Second Round of Funds for Upcoming Road Projects

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a series of resolutions sponsored by members of the Board to secure funds for local road projects in many cities and villages throughout Oakland County.

Funding for the projects has been made available from Oakland County’s new Local Road Improvement Pilot Program. This program provides limited financial assistance to Oakland County cities and villages for repairs and improvements on local roadways under their jurisdiction. Local municipalities must match funding from Oakland County and projects should supplement, not replace, existing local road repair efforts.

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners has allocated up to $1,000,000 in matching funds to launch the program in 2016. Communities are allocated a share of these funds based upon a formula consisting of road miles, population and crash data. The program supplements the long-standing Tri-Party Road Improvement Program, which provides a 1/3 share in matching funds to support for repairs on roadways under the control of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC).

Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell explained the purpose of the pilot program by stating, “The long-term lack of investment from the state and federal governments in local road infrastructure has taken a heavy toll on our roadways. Poor conditions on our roads create an impediment to the economic development of our region and diminish the excellent quality of life our residents expect. While Oakland County government has no statutory responsibility to provide funding for local roads, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and the Board of Commissioners are working together to leverage limited county funds to be a part of an interim solution addressing the most pressing repair and maintenance needs.”

The Local Road Improvement Pilot Program’s second phase of funds commissioners sponsored with their resolutions listed below for:

City of Rochester 7/28/16 $14,440 $28,880 Mill and resurface Letica Drive
City of Rochester Hills 7/19/16 $86,915 $173,830 2016 City Concrete Road Replacement Program

City of Rochester City Manager

City Manager Blaine Wing indicated his appreciation on behalf of the City of Rochester to Commissioner Kochenderfer for his work securing funding to improve local roads by stating, “The City of Rochester is very pleased that the county has selected the road improvement application. We appreciate everyone who helped with the application and for helping to get it approved.”

City of Rochester Commissioner

“Safe and smooth roads have to be one of government’s priorities. That is why the county commissioners are providing these funds to local communities,” stated Oakland County Commissioner Adam L. Kochenderfer.

City of Rochester Hills Mayor

Mayor Bryan Barnett indicated his appreciation on behalf of the City of Rochester Hills to Commissioners Kochenderfer and Gosselin for their work securing funding to improve local roads, “We are pleased the county is expanding their investment of our infrastructure,” stated Mayor Barnett. “With their support, we can continue to make sure our residents have the safest commute possible.”

Rochester Hills Commissioners

“Safe and smooth roads have to be one of government’s priorities. That is why the county commissioners are providing these funds to local communities,” stated Oakland County Commissioner Adam L. Kochenderfer.

“It is always good to find money to provide local communities with road funds which is much needed,” stated Oakland County Commissioner Robert Gosselin.

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