Marquette County recently received a state transportation economic development grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), which the county will use to improve a section on Marquette County Road 510.
With the funds, the Marquette County Road Commission plans to upgrade County Road 510 to an all-season route on an 0.8-mile stretch in Negaunee Township, between Hardwood Lane and County Road 502.
County Road 510 is a commercial route used for transporting forestry products. Improving this stretch will help local residents, along with the construction and logging industries. It also will reduce traffic noise, benefitting people who live along the road.
The entire project costs $500,000. The Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category F grant will pay for $375,000 of the project. The other 25 percent, or $125,000, will be paid out of Marquette Road Commission coffers.
The competitive-grant funding program, first established in 1987, received 31 applications statewide in this cycle, with eight requests granted. The grants vary in amount between $260,000 and $375,000, and total $2.8 million, which was available for street, highway and road projects.