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      $7 million for Upper Peninsula roads

      Michigan is receiving $115 million for road repairs. The money, from the Roads and Risks Reserve Fund, is going towards the roads and bridges throughout the state that are most in need of repairs.

      The Upper Peninsula is receiving almost $7 million. This money is in addition to $121.3 million from the state general fund.

      After prioritizing existing tax dollars, the state was able to direct funds towards projects in need of immediate attention instead of seeking new revenue, explained state officials.

      The County Road Commissions across the U.P. worked together to identify the most critical needs.

      More than $4 million is heading to Schoolcraft County where they will be used on County Road 498 and US-2 from east of the Delta/Schoolcraft County line to M-149.

      Other U.P. projects include: $400,000 to repair Connors Road in Alger County; $300,000 for Highway 44 in Alger County; $225,000 for County Road 577 in Menominee County; $300,000 for County Road 577 in Menominee County; and $775,000 for County Road 569 in Dickinson County.

      One project that will not be funded through this reserve fund is the bridge in Delta County on CR 420. The funds for this will come from the Critical Bridge Fund, if approved by the State Highway Commission.

      State Representative Ed McBroom is optimistic of what these repairs can bring to the U.P.

      "In the long run, this is going to be a tremendous benefit to long-term economy investment and also an immediate bump from the projects themselves," said McBroom.

      For a full list of projects visit, www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/OGA_Dec12_State_List_442695_7.pdf.