Last week, Governor Jennifer Granholm said the federal stimulus bill would send around $850 million to Michigan for road projects.
So, how much of that could Marquette County see?
The Road Commission budget took major hits this winter from the economic struggles and the massive snowfall, so any extra cash is certainly welcome.
The Marquette County Road Commission doesn’t know how much the State of Michigan will funnel to them.
But it estimates it could receive anywhere from $250,000 to $900,000.
As for jobs, Road Commission engineer/manager Jim Iwanicki says it’s unlikely, at best, that many new road jobs would be created.
Whatever money does come in will allow more projects to take place this year.
However, since the stimulus is a one-shot deal, the same problems could pop again sooner rather than later.
Any money from the stimulus is only for county road projects, not operating costs.