The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or the Recovery Act) provided significant infrastructure transportation funding to the State of Michigan. Through specific formulas and criteria, this money was allocated to infrastructure projects across the State. The program was largely wound down and ended by 2012.
The Michigan House Fiscal Agency (HFA) ARRA website provides a detailed overview of the ARRA funding that was provided to the State and how it was used. Beginning on Page 13 of this document, the Highway infrastructure allocations within the State are described. According to the linked HFA document, $847.2 million was provided to Michigan for highway infrastructure programs and $25.7 million for “Funding to Transit Agencies”.
The Michigan Department of Transportation administered (or provided reporting) for these projects which can be seen at this MDOT website about their ARRA Transportation Projects.
I have broken out all the projects that MDOT reported as ARRA funded within the county below. The tables that MDOT provides has a bunch of information that i’ve had to omit to be able to fit into this blog. According to the MDOT website, there were a total of 36 ARRA funded projects (infrastructure and transit funded) with a total expenditure of $46,730,000. This table is provided at the bottom of the post.
Without looking at the sum total of all MDOT projects for these years, it is difficult to evaluate these projects. Much of this work was done around the Ann-Arbor – Ypsilanti area but MDOT may have been using their own budget to focus on the rest of the county.
Almost all of the road projects on this list were overlays (putting a new layer of asphalt on an existing one), resurfacing the road, joint repairs or chip sealing. All projects to extend the life of existing roads. No new roads, and only a few reconstructions (and one roundabout).
The county also received a significant amount of transit funding for the AATA which used it to buy new buses, improve bus stops, improve bus storage, build a park and ride lot, and improve routes.
The most interesting item to me is that this list is bookended by two project which (as of late 2016) still have not gotten off the ground. $2.8 million in ARRA funds was spent on preliminary engineering for the new Ann Arbor Train Station and $500K was spent on the restoration of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse. Four years later, the Ann Arbor Train Station is still moving forward (the City just released a report showing the 4 options they are proposing) and 6 years after the 2009 funding, the Freighthouse still needed more money to complete the renovation work (the opening date is still TBD).
Federal money is spent every year in Washtenaw County on our public infrastructure and ARRA funds were a large portion of that during the Act’s existence. The Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS) details funding obligations and projects by Fiscal Year provided from other Federal funding sources.
|FY||Project Name/Route||Limits||Description||ARRA Funds ($1,000s)||Total Cost ($1,000s)|
|2012||Ann Arbor Station||City of Ann Arbor||Preliminary Engineer and Environmental Work||2,806||3,508|
|2010||2 segments of Wagner Rd, Dexter-Pinckney, Huron River Dr, and N. Territorial||from I-94 to Miller and Jackson to I-94; from Island Lake to 0.2 MI S of N Territorial; from Huron to Textile; and Dexter-Pinckney to Island Lake.||Mill where needed and overlay||405||405|
|2009||Bus Stop Accessibility||AATA Service Area||Improve bus stops||460||460|
|2009||N University Transit Center Ph II||Church to Natural History Museum||Construct transit center||700||700|
|2010||Urban Operating||AATA Service Area||Fixed route service operating||280||280|
|2010||N. Territorial||Huron River Dr. to 0.5 E. of Huron River Drive||Overlay||28||28|
|2010||Operating Assistance||Nonurban Service Area||Operate service in rural area||24||24|
|2010||Marvin St.||from County to Michigan||Resurface||125||265|
|2010||Countywide||Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, from Textile to Pleasant Lake Rd: Huron River Dr, from Wagner Rd to Maple Rd; Textile Rd from Carpenter to Munger; Textile Rd, from Whittaker to Mohawk||Overlay||409||409|
|2010||Ellsworth||Maple Rd to State Rd||Mill and overlay||388||388|
|2010||Scio Church Rd||Zeeb rd to Tessmer Rd||Single Course Chip Seal||21||21|
|2010||Textile Rd||Deer Creek Rd to Stormy Creek Rd||Single Course Chip Seal||34||34|
|2010||Wagner Rd||Ann-Arbor Saline Rd to Liberty Rd||Single Course Chip Seal||83||83|
|2010||Zeeb Rd||Pratt Rd to Scio Rd||Single Course Chip Seal||41||41|
|2009||Miller||Dexter-Ann Arbor Road
|Crack Seal/Chip Seal||62||62|
|2009||Miller||Dexter-Ann Arbor Road
|2009||Plymouth & Green Roads||Nixon to US-23 &
Plymouth to Hubbard
|Concrete joint repairs, mill & resurface||2163||2163|
|2009||Preventive Maintenance||N Territorial Rd; from Webster Church to Whitmore Lake; from 0.2 MI W of Dexter-Townhall Rd to Toma; from 0.3 MI
W of Madden Rd to Dexter-Townhall Rd.
AND Pleasant Lake Rd from Stienbach to Parker Rds.
|2009||Huron River Drive||Zeeb Road to Tubbs Road||Resurface||251||476|
|Preventive Maintenance||Dexter Ann Arbor Rd from
Broad to E Village Limit
|Preventive Maintenance||Ann Arbor-Saline, Oak Valley to Maple; Baker Rd, I-94 to Dan Hoey; Cross, Ypsilanti CL to
Harris; Dexter-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor CL to Dan Hoey Rd; Dexter-Pinckney, from Dexter
Twp to Wylie; Ford, from US-12 to Holmes; Forest, Ypsilanti CL to Ford; Geddes, Dixboro to Superior; Grove, Emerick to Rawsonville; Hitchingham, Bemis to Textile; Holmes,
Prospect to Rue Deauville; Jackson, Honey Ck to Wagner; LeForge, Clark to Geddes; Lohr,
Textile to Ellsworth; Maple, Ann Arbor CL to Saline CL; N Territorial, Toma to Dexter-
Pinckney; State, Old State to Ellsworth; Zeeb, Park to I-94.
|Preventive maintenance treatments including mill and overlay, crack seal, chip seal, repair concrete.||1449||1449|
|2009||Various segments along 34 streets||Ann, Catherine, Dexter, Dhu Varren, Earhart, E Huron River, Eisenhower, Ellsworth, Fifth,
Geddes, Jackson, Miller, Nixon, N Maple, Oakbrook, Observatory, Packard, Pauline,
Platt, Plymouth, Pontiac, Scio Church, Seventh, S Main, S Maple, S State, S Thayer, Wall, W Liberty, W Stadium, Miller, Hill, N University, Pauline, S University.
|Nonmotorized Expansion with
pavement markings and signage
|2009||Bus Storage Facility||AATA Service Area||Improve bus storage||1012||1012|
|2009||College Place||from W Cross to Forest||Resurface road||204||204|
|2009||Expansion Buses||AATA Service Area||Purchase 4 buses||2498||2498|
|2009||Holmes Rd||from Michigan Ave to Spencer||Resurface road||1275||1275|
|2009||I-94||from Jackson CL to Freer Rd||resurface||6000||6000|
|2009||I-94||from Freer Rd to Parker Rd||resurface||18400||18400|
|2009||Mansfield||from Westmoreland to Congress||Resurface road||557||557|
|2009||N Ann Arbor||from US-12 to Bennett||Resurface road||210||210|
|2009||One Small Bus||People’s Express service area||Replace Bus||60||60|
|2009||Pack Rd Signal Interconnect||from Eisenhower to East Stadium||Signal interconnect||300||300|
|2009||Park and Ride Lot||AATA Service Area||Park and Ride Lot||1500||1500|
|2009||W Stadium Blvd||from Pauline Street to Seventh St.||Reconstruct||2163||2163|
|2009||Whittaker||at Stony Creek||Construct roundabout||1300||1300|
|2009||Ypsilanti Freighthouse Restoration||100 Market Plaza||Restoration of 6,500 SF historic structure||500||500|