Oakland County announced on Tuesday, September 8, that county commissioner Shelly Goodman Taub had secured $16,809 for the city of Bloomfield Hills through the county's Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP), which the city intends to use to help with the rehabilitation of Rathmor, East and West Valley, Opdyke and Kensington roads.
Oakland County’s LRIP provides limited financial assistance to Oakland County cities and villages for repairs and improvements on roadways under their jurisdiction. The program ensures that the county investment in roads is multiplied by requiring local municipalities to match funding from Oakland County. Launched in 2016, the LRIP has driven an estimated $89 million investment in local roads across the county. The program is an effective means for encouraging investment in local roads.
While the county provides funds to be used with road maintenance requirements and other road repairs, local municipalities determine where to utilize the funds.
“The city of Bloomfield Hills was pleased to participate in Oakland County’s Local Road Improvement Program this year, especially as we feel the effects of the pandemic,” David Hendrickson, city manager, said. “In conjunction with our own matching contribution and existing funds allocated to road improvement, this year’s grant will have an even greater impact on the overall functionality and beautification of our city.”
“I am happy to have the opportunity to provide county funds to assist with these urgently needed repairs and improvements to roads in Bloomfield Hills,” Taub (R-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township) said.