The differing House and Senate versions of the stimulus bill were resolved yesterday. It’s expected that the new bill will be voted on today and signed by the President on Monday.
This final bill allocates $29 billion in transportation funding. That’s about how much the federal government allocates during a normal year. How much of that goes to Michigan and how much could be spent on non-motorized facilities is apparently unknown as of now.
We do know that the MDOT Metro Region put reconstruction of the entire I-275 bikepath on their stimulus project list. How huge would that be?
The Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and other advocates have been working with the City of Detroit to get non-motorized projects in the city’s stimulus list. Dan Cherrin, Mayor Cockrel’s spokesman told the the Michigan Messenger that the city wants to see “bike paths” built with stimulus money. Bike paths could include many of Detroit’s greenway projects as well as the non-motorized plan’s 400-mile bike lane network.
There are also other local bike and trail related projects in the stimulus wish list compiled by the Michigan Municipal League:
- Birmingham – Completion of a renovation of partially existing trail network, $2 million
- Canton – Construction of five pedestrian bridges over the Rouge River providing interconnection of community pathway, $700,000
- Madison Heights – Red Oaks Bikepath, $600,000
- Novi – Improvement of I-275 non-motorized pathway from I696 to Wayne Co, $ 467,000
- Novi – New bike path along M-5 from south of 12 Mile Rd to Pontiac Trail, $ 1,250,000
- Rochester – Paint Creek Trail, $ 300,000
- Royal Oak – Non-Motorized Tranportation Plan, $40,000
What’s not clear is how Novi’s two requests fit with MDOT’s for the I-275 bikepath.
We should know more about what gets funded as this process continues to lumber along.