Lansing City Council President, Carol Wood, says the Michigan Department of Transportation is in part to blame for the derailment of a construction project that could modernize Lansing’s streets, sidewalks and sewers.
Wood says the city council has effectively tabled the funding that’s part of the Capitol Loop Reconstruction project until it can better insulate local business from the stress of the major construction.
The project intends to bundle state, federal and local spending to leverage construction costs of new roads, sidewalks, landscaping and sewers.
Wood says MDOT failed to properly communicate the construction issues to local business that could be impacted.
An MDOT spokesperson denies the claim, saying they have been in dialogue with Lansing officials and business for months.
Here are some of the streets that would be impacted under the 2004 plan according to Lansing officials:
Ottawa from M.L.K. to Grand, Walnut and Capitol between Ottawa and Allegan, Michigan between Grand and Larch.
Here are some of the streets that would be impacted under the 2005 plan according to Lansing officials:
Alligan between M.L.K. and Grand, Pine and Grand between Ottawa and Allegan, Michigan between Grand and Capitol.
Lansing officials plan to work with the Governor’s office to broker a new plan that they call less intrusive to business.
MDOT says if the City fails to live up to their portion of the construction plans $20 million in State and Federal spending could go elsewhere.