Last week, the federal government announced that a $68 million project to widen I-94 in Kalamazoo was the 2,000th transportation project approved for funding under the federal stimulus package known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Thus far, the administration has committed about $6.5 billion of the $27 billion available for highway projects.
However, Michigan has been slow to get projects approved. According to an analysis from ProPublica, Michigan has received funding for only 27 projects. This has amounted to $110.8 million or 13.1% of the funds available to the state.
With the exception of Ohio, Michigan is has the lowest number of projects approved of any Great Lakes state. By contrast, Illinois leads the country with 249 projects approved and $606 million in funding.