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 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 local 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.”
For more information, contact Oakland County Commissioner Shelley Goodman Taub at 248-858-8870 or Oakland County Board of Commissioners-Senior Community Liaison Julia Ruffin at 248-858-1092.