Wakefield Road in Grand Blanc Township to see much needed repairs this summer

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (4/23/2019) - Dozens of miles of roadways are being repaired in Genesee County this year, but one project in Grand Blanc Township will have to wait a little longer.

This stretch of Wakefield Road in Grand Blanc Township will be repaved this summer.

The township and Genesee County Road Commission decided to shift funding originally planned for Howe Road to repair Wakefield Road instead.

"It wasn't quite constructed properly to begin with, and then with the subdivisions, it sees a lot of heavy commercial traffic," said Eric Johnston, an engineer with the Genesee County Road Commission.

That is why Wakefield road became a No. 1 priority for the road commission in 2019.

"There's just not enough money out there to spread around the county and take care of projects," said Johnston.

While nearly $100,000 of funding was originally slated to rehab Howe Road, Grand Blanc Township officials found themselves in a position to reallocate funding to not fix one roadway, but two.

Johnston said the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission had some leftover Community Develop Block Grant funding, which can go toward Howe Road.

It was the best of both worlds for both the township and the road commission. The road commission is now able to repair Wakefield Road between Hill and Maple roads this summer.

Johnston says the Howe Road project will be pushed back to the 2020 construction season.