‘Another piece of the puzzle’

MDOT gives ‘conditional commitment’ for $310K trail grant

THREE RIVERS — “Another piece of the puzzle has fallen into place,” River Country Recreational Authority member Jim Stuck said Thursday, Nov. 17 as the RCRA board learned from St. Joseph County community development coordinator James Hissong about a Michigan Department of Transportation grant for which he had applied.
“I do have exciting news,” Hissong said, reporting that MDOT had given conditional commitment for a grant just shy of $310,000 to build a trail from HealthTRAC along Millard Road to Meyer Broadway Park.
The Three Rivers Area Community Foundation is already holding $350,000 as a local match for the trail whose total costs will likely run upward of $900,000, and Hissong hopes to hear by the end of the year as to the receipt of a $254,000 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund development grant.
If all funds are in place, the work is slated to be done in 2018 in conjunction with MDOT’s major reconstruction of US-131, which would turn the highway from Coon Hollow Road to M-60 into a boulevard corridor. Some of the project cost would be saved because MDOT would be installing the highway island.
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