LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mark Huizenga on Wednesday shared the news that Ottawa County will receive grant funding to make large-scale improvements to 8th Avenue and Hayes Street.
“This is an important trade route that connects different industries to one another and provides easy access to I-96,” said Huizenga, R-Walker. “This project is a great example of the long-term investments we should be making both locally and statewide to improve efficiency and safety on our roadways. It will surely be welcomed by West Michigan businesses and motorists alike.”
The grant funding will be used to resurface 8th Avenue and Hayes Street from Garfield Street to the Kent County line. The project will include milling and repaving the existing road surface, widening shoulders, placing new pavement markings, and improving sidewalk ramps to meet ADA standards.
Huizenga said this route is typically used to haul lumber, automotive materials, and agricultural products and is a key logistical thoroughfare for Michigan manufacturing,
“These improvements will greatly support a number of key Michigan industries and improve access and safety throughout the region.”
The total project cost is $1,039,500 with the state of Michigan providing $375,000 and $664,500 in matching funds from the Ottawa County Road Commission.