Growing up on the east side of the state, there was one road everyone feared driving on depending on which season we were in. Mound Rd is synonymous with potholes and car damage. If you've never driven this stretch of road, consider yourself lucky. In fact, it always felt like the road was in a perpetual state of construction with no real progress ever being made; until now.

On Monday, Congress agreed to fork over $97.8 million to repair a 9 mile stretch of road between I-696 to Hall Rd/M-59. Mound runs through Warren and Sterling Heights, the third and fourth largest cities in the state and the project is expected to begin starting in 2020. This is apparently the largest federal grant for a non-federal road according to federal transportation officials, as reported by Freep.

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An additional $86 million will be required to finish the project which will be provided by Macomb County and the cities of Warren and Sterling Heights. The $185 Million dollar project will not only be re-doing the roads but provideing:

Traffic flow improvements
Better landscaping
Unified lighting
Iconic signs and features
Non-motorized multi-use path
Pedestrian bridges
Improved transit stops
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
Traffic signals and signs
Connected vehicles pilot project
Real-time traffic speed monitoring
GPS on snowplows and maintenance vehicles
Incident management and GovDelivery


 

BONUS VIDEO: A PLANE TOOK OFF IN MY FRONT YARD THE OTHER DAY!