House Dem Leader Greimel: Road Grant Opens Door to Economic Development

Grant helps defray cost of $17 million project that will bring jobs to Auburn Hills
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) welcomed news that the Michigan Department of Transportation has awarded a $2 million grant toward the replacement of an Interstate 75 overpass and an adjoining interchange in Auburn Hills. The replacement of the University Drive overpass and interchange project will foster the ongoing development in that area, which has seen several major manufacturers open nearby offices.

“The Michigan Department of Transportation grant of $2 million helps assure that this project will get underway and be completed soon,” Greimel said. “Numerous growing companies have identified the University Drive area as a great place to expand and create jobs, and we must replace this aging and crumbling bridge if we want to see that growth continue. Improving our infrastructure goes hand-in-hand with improving our state’s economy.”

The $17 million project is also receiving $10.3 million in funding from MDOT’s Metro Region fund, $4 million from the city of Auburn Hills and $750,000 from Oakland University.

“The developer of the Oakland Technology Park has said that the decaying infrastructure in the area has made prospective tenants think twice before locating here,” Greimel said. “Once this project is completed, it will help Auburn Hills and surrounding areas attract more good-paying jobs, which benefits everyone in our community.”