FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2022
Governor Whitmer is touring the Mound Road after recently committing a $32 million bipartisan budget to repair and widen the road
LANSING, Mich.– Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer toured road repair work on Mound Road in Sterling Heights. As part of the governor’s fourth bipartisan and balanced budget, she secured $32 million for the Innovate Mound project Reconstructing the busy road between I-696 and M-59 and adding a fourth lane in each direction from 17 Mile Road to M-59. When completed, this project will create a user-friendly corridor that is safe for motorized vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians and incorporates cutting-edge design methods and smart technology.
“Since I took office, I’ve taken steps to fix the damn roads and protect Michiganders as they go to work, run errands, and visit family.” said Governor Whitmer. “We are connecting communities, families and small businesses by rebuilding the Mound Road, a vital economic and transportation corridor in Macomb County. By the end of 2022, thousands of hard-working Michigandians will have repaired over 10,000 miles of roads and 1,200 bridges. In the state that put the world on wheels, everyone deserves access to roads that get them where they need to go without damaging an axle or breaking a windshield, and I’m willing to work with everyone to make that happen to reach.”
Renew Hill Road
Renew hills is a development that will update Mound Road from I-696 north to M-59 and widen Mound Road to four lanes between 17 Mile Road and M-59. Construction began in the summer of 2021 and the estimated completion date is 2024. The Mound Round, Michigan remodel will provide riders with a safer and smoother commute, saving time and money. In addition, the local economy will benefit from the roadway’s ability to handle the increased traffic due to economic development. This project will repair approximately 100 lane miles including intersections and U-turns.
To learn more about the construction schedule and traffic information, visit the project schedule or the traffic information center on the website.
“Innovate Mound shows what can be achieved when multiple levels of government work together to improve their communities,” he said Mark A. Hackel, Executive Secretary of Macomb County. “The scale and impact of Innovate Mound is unlike any other local Macomb County project. Together with our project partners we are making a significant investment in the Mound Road and the future of the region. We recognize there are many more infrastructure needs throughout the county and we will continue to fight for funding to repair our roads and bridges.”
“Through the historic investment we passed in the budget this year, we are delivering on our promise to repair the Mound Road, create countless good-paying jobs and support small and large businesses in the region,” he said State Senator Paul Wojno. “To fix our roads and bridges we must all work together as these are issues that transcend party lines and affect everyone. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate, House of Representatives and the Office of the Governor as I invest in our future and keep the dollars in the wallets of the hard working Macomb families.”
“By working together, we can make a difference for our communities,” he said Country representative Kevin Hertel. “hill street is crucial for the economic success of our region and our country. I look forward to continuing to work to make these important investments in our infrastructure.”
“Mound Road funding shows that there is still bipartisanship in Lansing,” he said State Representative Nate Shannon. “Macomb has fought for this funding for years and I am very grateful that it has been secured in this year’s budget. The governor and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle came together to make Mound Rd. and Macomb County a priority.”
“The Mound Road is one of southeast Michigan’s most important corridors, connecting people, communities and commerce,” he said Bryan Santo, director of the Macomb County Department of Highways. “With our federal, state, and local partners, we are building a high-quality, durable road that embraces the future of mobility and technology to create a modern, efficient, and reliable corridor that will serve our region for decades to come.”
Reconstruction of Michigan’s roads and bridges
From taking office through the end of 2022, Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist have replaced more than 16,000 miles of roads, 1,200 bridges and supported more than 89,000 jobs without raising taxes by a penny. These and future repairs are made possible by the Rebuilding the Michigan Plana five-year, $3.5 billion investment in our highways and bridges and the bipartisan blueprint for Michigan Together, Michigan’s largest one-time infrastructure investment in state history. These strategic investments in Michigan’s infrastructure ensure future Michiganns will have safer roads and bridges to run errands, travel and strengthen the economy.
For more information on Governor Whitmer’s historic investments in Michigan’s infrastructure, visit click here.