Stimulus money sought to fix Fort Street

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – City officials are seeking help in obtaining federal funds to pay for road repairs along Fort Street.

City Engineer Mark Kowalewski has sent a letter to neighboring cities, along with state and federal lawmakers, urging them to support the inclusion of Fort from Goddard to Sibley roads as a Jobs for Main Street federal funding project.

Riverview, Southgate and Lincoln Park also share the section of Fort Street.

The U.S. Congress and Senate have introduced bills to provide a third round of funding for federally eligible roads as a following up the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Kowalewski said in a Feb. 5 letter to Mayor Joseph Peterson and the City Council that projects eligible for funds must be “shovel ready” and under contract within 90 days.

The Michigan Department of Transportation receives the funds and typically spends 75 percent of them on state roads.

Plans for the Fort project from Sibley to Goddard were completed two years ago, but were delayed because Fort was an alternative route during I-75 construction.