Stamas applauds Onaway on MDOT local road work grant

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Friday applauded the city of Onaway for receiving a new small town road funding grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

“Quality roads are critical to a community’s economy, its families and its local businesses — regardless of the town’s size,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Last year, we created a new initiative to help support some of our state’s most-urgent road projects in our small communities.

“This grant will help Onaway make important road safety improvements while we continue to work on increasing local road funding and addressing our state’s long-term road-funding needs.”

Onaway is one of 23 villages and cities in Michigan with populations of less than 10,000 awarded grants — ranging from $24,000 to $250,000 for road resurfacing, culvert replacement, pavement crack sealing and shoulder paving — through the new Community Service Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) program.

The $61,468 project in Onaway will receive $30,734 from the state and the same amount in local matching funds for work on South Lynn Street and South Veterans Drive.

The Transportation Economic Development Fund Category B, or the CSIF, provides up to $3 million per year in grants for road improvements in cities and villages with populations of up to 10,000 people.

According to MDOT, successful projects were selected, in part, because they are paired with planned infrastructure work, coordinated with other road agencies, focused on extending the useful life of the road, and lacked other funding sources. For more information about the program, visit