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Bizon: Grant program working to fix roads in Ionia County

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Bizon, M.D. announced Thursday that the village of Pewamo has been awarded $145,000 in road funding through a small-town road improvement grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

“This money will enable Pewamo to get to work on critical road projects,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “Fixing roads benefits everyone in the community.”

Pewamo will receive a $145,000 grant toward a $290,000 project that includes East Street, Jefferson Street and Higham Street.

The award is part of MDOT’s Transportation Economic Development Fund, Category B grants, also known as the Community Service Infrastructure Fund program. The fund awarded $3.73 million in grants to 25 cities and villages with populations of up to 10,000 people for road improvements in 2022.

“This grant program is an important resource in helping the state’s small communities fund needed road improvements without adding costs to Michigan taxpayers,” Bizon said. “I am happy to see more transportation grants being awarded in Ionia County.”

Previously, the village of Muir was awarded $233,000 during the 2021 fiscal year grant cycle to be used toward a $446,000 project that included Prospect, Garden and Cliff streets. In 2020, the village of Saranac was granted $250,000 toward an $850,000 Center Street project.

The Community Service Infrastructure Fund was established by the Legislature and signed into law at the end of 2018 as a stop-gap program to help fund road projects in small communities. Eligible projects include reconstruction, replacement, rehabilitation and capital preventive maintenance of city or village streets. The maximum annual grant is $250,000. The requested grant amount must be matched at least equally by the requesting agency.

Successful projects are selected, in part, because they are paired with planned infrastructure work, coordinate with other road agencies, focus on extending the useful life of the road, and lack other funding sources.

More details about the individual grants and information about the program are available online at