Monroe County will receive $664,992.85 from a special $100 million appropriation enacted by the Michigan Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder to help road-maintenance budgets depleted by severe winter conditions.
The Michigan Department of Transportation announced today that the funds will be distributed based on the Public Act 51 of 1951 formula, under which $39.1 million goes to MDOT, $39.1 million to counties, and $21.8 million to cities and villages. The formula considers road mileage as well as population.
All funds must be used directly for winter-related road maintenance, according to an MDOT statement.
"These funds are badly needed by counties, cities, and villages to compensate for the extraordinarily high costs of plowing, salting, and filling potholes this past winter," said Kirk T. Steudle, the State Transportation Director. "We are all extremely appreciative of the governor's and Legislature's understanding of the toll this brutal winter has taken on road budgets."
Besides Monroe County's share of the county funds, Lenawee County will receive $446,817.38 and Hillsdale County will receive $275,915.60 to repair roads.
Among the municipalities in those counties, Monroe will get $84,602.42, Adrian $81,945.08, Hillsdale $36,373.59, and Tecumseh $35,924.626. Other municipalities will get smaller amounts based on the formula, including $17,883.91 in Dundee down to $2,514.18 in the nearby village of Britton.