The Michigan Department of Transportation allows for municipalities to use more than 50% of their Major Street Public Act 51 (gas tax) allocation for local street improvements within a municipality if they file a Street Asset Management Plan with them.
The City of Lowell has 13.39 miles of local streets in our network and has 6.89 miles of major streets. The Act 51 formula allows for 75% of those funds to be used for all maintenance and improvements of major streets with the remaining portion to be used for all maintenance and improvements to local streets.
In the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the State of Michigan allocated $508,601.49 to the city in Act 51 funding. The City also contributed $423,905.38 in revenue, mainly from Marijuana Excise Tax and budget savings in the same fiscal year.
At the June 6, 2022 City Council Meeting, the City of Lowell formally approved their Seven Year Street Improvement Plan to submit to the Michigan Department of Transportation. While their may be changes based on funding, the construction plan can be modified based on this. However, the City is looking at doing everything possible to complete the streets in the plan. The City will also review the plan annually to add additional streets to the plan.