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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Votes in Favor of the INVEST in America Act, Secures Over $16.2 Million for Seven MI-14 Transportation and Infrastructure Projects

July 1, 2021
Press Release
Bill also includes two of Rep. Lawrence’s amendments focused on diversity in the workforce and improving water services

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) applauded House passage of the “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act,” which includes over $16.2 million in federal funding for seven projects in Michigan's 14th Congressional District. The projects are located in the following cities: Southfield, Farmington Hills, Sylvan Lake, West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Township, Hamtramck, Pontiac, and the City of Detroit. The legislation also includes two of Rep. Lawrence’s amendments which promote a more diverse workforce and more inclusive work sites for infrastructure projects and require a GAO report on affordability, discrimination, and civil rights violations in water and sewer services nationwide.

“I can’t stress enough how critical it is to fix and upgrade our infrastructure in Michigan and across the country. The historic floods we experienced this past weekend underscore the urgency of this issue. Today, I’m proud to have secured seven transportation and infrastructure projects for Michigan’s 14th Congressional District,” said Rep. Lawrence. “The INVEST in America Act will be transformational for our communities, make historic investments in our infrastructure, and create good-paying jobs. In addition to the over $16.2 million in funding I’m bringing back, the legislation includes two of my amendments. One of which promotes diversity in our workforce and the other ensures our constituents have access to safe, affordable drinking water. This legislation lays the groundwork for more significant infrastructure investments and is a huge step in building back better.”

The INVEST in America Act is a $715 billion surface transportation reauthorization and water infrastructure bill. It includes funding for roads, bridges, and safety; transit; passenger and freight rail; drinking water infrastructure and assistance; and wastewater infrastructure.

The following MI-14 transportation and infrastructure projects were included in the bill:

Project Name: Mt. Vernon Street Reconstruction in Southfield

Sponsor: City of Southfield

Location: Mt. Vernon St. from Northwestern Hwy. to Greenfield Rd., Southfield, MI 48075

Amount Designated: $4,400,000.00


Project Name: Orchard Lake Road reconstruction/widening from 13 Mile to 14 Mile

Sponsor: Road Commission for Oakland County

Location: Farmington Hills, Michigan

Amount Designated: $1,076,085.00


Project Name: Resurfacing roadway from Orchard Lake Road from Middlebelt to Pontiac City Limits

Sponsor: Road Commission for Oakland County

Location: City of Sylvan Lake, West Bloomfield & Bloomfield Township in Oakland County, Michigan

Amount Designated: $2,000,000.00


Project Name: Bike and pedestrian facility upgrades on the Detroit Riverwalk

Sponsor: Michigan Department of Transportation

Location: M-85; Detroit Riverwalk from the Riverfront Towers to Ralph Wilson Park in Detroit, Wayne County, MI

Amount Designated: $1,838,812.00


Project Name: Joe Louis Greenway Hamtramck-Detroit Shared Use Path Construction

Sponsor: City of Detroit

Location: City of Detroit and City of Hamtramck, on the west side of Hamtramck Drive, 48211

Amount Designated: $3,920,000.00


Project Name: Intelligent Transportation Systems capital investments in traffic signals on M-59

Sponsor: Michigan Department of Transportation

Location: M-59; from I-75 Westerly to the Oakland County Line; Pontiac, MI

Amount Designated: $2,240,000.00


Project Name: Resurfacing/rehabilitation of 12 Mile Road in Southfield from Northwestern Highway to Telegraph Road

Sponsor: Road Commission for Oakland County

Location: 12 Mile Road; from Northwestern Hwy to Telegraph Road; Southfield

Amount Designated: $750,000.00

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