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Legislature approves road funding

There’s some good news for county government and municipalities facing road-budget shortfalls in St. Joseph and Cass counties, as the Michigan Legislature has approved $215 million in supplemental road funding.

State Rep. Matt Lori said $100 million of the emergency funds will go to county and municipal governments to deal with deficits as a result of the inordinate amount of snow and freezing temperatures.

The money targets potholes and other repairs to roadways caused by the weather. The other $115 million will go to priority road projects to be announced later.

The Legislature budgeted $412,709 for St. Joseph County, with $295,984 dedicated to the county road commission. Municipalities in the county receiving funds are Burr Oak at $4,523; Centreville, $6,246; Colon, $6,039; Constantine, $9,939; Mendon, $4,904; Sturgis, $45,406; Three Rivers, $32,884; and White Pigeon, $6,784.