MDOT is helping to bring new jobs and new roads to Downriver Area


The awarding of a $537,455 Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is helping to bring 80 new jobs to Taylor, a downriver community in Wayne County., it is on the border of Huron Township at LDFA property  Sibley and Pennsyvania.

“With Watson Engineering providing the required local match, the awarding of this grant to the city of Taylor is a good example of how important public/private partnerships are to Michigan’s economic vitality,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “Good roads lead to good jobs by funding transportation improvements that help to attract and retain major employers and boost economic development.”

“The improvements to Pennsylvania Service Road will enable our company to move forward with an $8 million investment that will help create 80 new jobs over the next few years,” said Chuck Watson, owner and president of Watson Engineering. “We appreciate the efforts and support we received from the city and state.”

The project is approved for $537,455 in TEDF Category A funding and will be completed with $137,100 in matching funds from Watson Engineering. The project will widen and reconstruct Pennsylvania Service Drive to all-season status.

Enacted in 1987 and reauthorized in 1993, the TEDF was created to provide funding for highway, road and street projects that encourage private investment in Michigan that will create or support jobs. The TEDF “Category A,” or “Target Industries Program,” provides state funding for transportation improvements that will help accommodate increased traffic and provide commercial routes that are safe and more efficient for new and expanding companies. Eligible road agencies include MDOT, county road commissions, cities and villages.

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