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Federal money coming to Genesee County to fix crumbling roads

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Published: Apr. 30, 2019 at 11:23 PM EDT
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(4/30/2019) - Getting around mid-Michigan could be getting a little bit smoother as Genesee County roads are getting $277 million in facelifts over the next few years.

While many of us have been calling for something to be done with the crumbling roads, there is one project is not being met with open arms.

This project involves a roundabout in Flushing. The city wants one built at the corner of Flushing and Pierson roads. Some people say the city could find a better way to make the intersection safe.

"Lower the speed limit coming from Flushing Rd. and maybe even some rumble strips, which would be a lot less money,” Bill Bain said.

Genesee County Planning Commission released its list of road projects for 2020 to 2023 and held one of three public discussions at the Swartz Creek Senior Center Tuesday night.

One item line, in particular, is getting push back from the people who use these roads daily.

Several people say they don’t want the $1.3 million of federal money that is targeted to add a roundabout in Flushing.

"There are not four roads here. This is not a typical intersection. It's a point and it's very small," Lynetta Brumley said.

The project isn't set in stone because The Genesee County Metropolitan Alliance still needs to sign off on the funding proposal.

Flushing City Manager Brad Barrett says this is the first time in nine years the city could use federal dollars toward a road project and this would be good for the town.

"Also providing a better quality experience in traveling through the city of Flushing," Barrett said.

Flushing isn't the only city in Genesee County getting spending money.

There are $3.5 million proposed for a fix of the bricks on Saginaw Street in downtown Flint.

$54 million for ramp work on I-69 and the repair or replacement of eight bridges around the county.

"We have over 1,000 miles of major roads in Genesee County, and on average we fixed on any given year 20 - 30 miles," GCPC Director Derek Bradshaw said.

People can voice your opinion on these and more projects tomorrow morning at the Eastside Senior Center in Flint.

Saginaw County plans on having their meeting on projects May 16th.