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Grant Helps Road Repair & Jackson National Life Expansion

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Michigan's Department of Transportation is awarding six grants to area counties for road work improvements over the next few years.

Our Nick Perreault explains why Jackson National Life and Ingham County say the grant is good new for their projects.

Ingham County Road Managing Director Bill Conklin says currently you'll see a lot of backups along Okemos and Jolly roads.

"What it means for Ingham county is a little bit better traffic flow to entertain the expansion at Jackson National Life," Director Conklin said.

But Conklin says says they now have the money roughly four million dollars in grants to complete roadwork along Okemos Road near Sandhill and Jolly.

"They'll be right turn lanes for north and southbound Okemos and an additional left turn lane to have a dual left turn on Jolly road to turn south onto Okemos road toward the freeway."

Road work that should help motorists and Jackson National Life with expansion.

"They help insure that the project is going to be completed on time, they promote public safety and it is a statement that Michigan is committed to economic development," said Vice President of Public Policy John Brown.

Development that Vice President John Brown hopes to see completed by 2015, which is the same time Conklin hopes to start work on the road repair.

Conklin says part of the work covered under the grant could be delayed to 2016, mainly work along Okemos and Jolly, where they plan on expanding the road about six feet in all four directions, which could impact the sidewalks and more importantly entrances to area businesses.

"If we're unable to coordinate that successfully for all the stake-holders, possibly reduced in scope," Conklin said.

But currently, both the county and insurance company say the grant is good news, because without it these plans would simply remain plans.

The project includes $661,000 in match funds from Jackson National Life and $530,000 from Ingham County Road Department.

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