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More than $2.8M awarded to mobility projects in Michigan

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About $1.4 million in funding will go toward the 6.5-mile Monroe Loop Trail in Monroe County.

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments has awarded more than $2.8 million to four projects expected to improve mobility.

Projects receiving the funding are in Monroe County, Wixom, Rochester Hills and Shelby Township.

The funding comes from the Transportation Alternatives Program or TAP, according to the council.

TAP projects are transportation-related improvements to roadways, local streets, and corridors. Most often, they address mobility options through new or enhanced bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and include pathways, bike lanes, sidewalks and pedestrian crossings.

Wixom will get $748,914 for the Michigan Air Line and Huron Valley Trail Extension. Rochester Hills will receive $338,454 for the Drexelgate Parkway Pathway project, while Shelby Township gets $268,169 for a new sidewalk and pedestrian bridge along 25 Mile Road connecting Heath Side Drive and Apple Lane.

"These transformative projects will implement regional and local planning priorities, such as road safety, transportation equity, access to regional trails, tourism, and water quality,” said Amy O’Leary, the council’s executive director. ”What is really exciting about this program is how it enables communities all over Southeast Michigan to provide safer walking and bicycling access to local and regional destinations, fill gaps in our trail networks, and enhance walkability in our downtowns.”