Stabenow, Levin Announce Three Grants for Michigan's Scenic Byways

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Carl Levin (D-MI) today announced that three Michigan communities have been awarded a total of $787,480 in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation to make improvements to Michigan's scenic byways. "These grants reflect the important federal-state partnership in preserving and enhancing our state's history and heritage," Stabenow said. "These are investments in our past that will be appreciated far into our state's future.

"Scenic byways provide access for people to experience and enjoy our state's natural and historical beauty," said Levin. "I am pleased that these grants will provide support for these three unique routes in Michigan."

In the largest of the three grants, $428,480 has been awarded to the Michigan Department of Transportation for a bike path along 3.5 miles of M-22 in Leelanau County, improving access to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The second grant is an award of $334,000 to MDOT for projects related to the Historic Heritage Route in Marshall. Project elements funded by the grant include new signage and the renovation of three museums - the Honolulu House Museum, the GAR Hall Museum and the Capitol Hill School Museum - along the historic route.

In the final grant, MDOT has been awarded $25,000 to help implement a management plan for the newly-designated Woodward Avenue National Scenic Byway in Oakland and Wayne counties.

Grants from national scenic byways discretionary funds enable states to undertake eligible projects along highways designated All-American Roads, National Scenic Byways, and state-designated byways.

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