Leelanau Trail paving project awarded $500,000!

Leelanau TrailThe Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded a nearly $500,000 federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant to the Leelanau County Road Commission. The money will be used to pave 6.5 miles of the Leelanau Trail from Lakeview Hills Road to Revold Road, and TART Trails will provide a $200,000 match.

“This federal funding helps pay for improvements that make a real difference in economic development and quality of life,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “Transportation enhancements like these make Michigan communities even more attractive to residents, visitors and business investors.”

Under federal law, 10 percent of federal surface transportation funds are set aside for TE projects. Administered by MDOT, the grants enable communities to invest in projects such as streetscapes and non-motorized trails. TE funds provide a maximum of 80 percent of the money required for each project, with the remainder coming from state and local government and the private sector.

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Photo credit: Leelanau Trail by mollypitcher