Commissioner Long secures funding for the City of Walled Lake roads

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Christine A. Long securing $8,606 in funding for a local road project in the City of Walled Lake on September 22. Oakland County’s contribution of $8,606 will assist in the completion of an estimated $33,000 project for road repair on East Walled Lake Drive.
“Roads are so important to the quality of life in our community and Oakland County. I am glad that our new pilot Local Road Improvement Program will assist the City of Walled Lake with road repair costs,” stated Long.

Mayor Linda Ackley indicated her appreciation on behalf of the City of Walled Lake to Commissioner Long for her work securing funding to improve local roads by stating, “The City of Walled Lake would like to thank Oakland County for supporting our economic development and local road improvements. The $8,606 additional cost sharing contribution by the county was used to repair some sinkholes that had opened in our downtown area roads.”

Funding for the project 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 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 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.”
 

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