A crumbling Metro Detroit road known for its dangerous potholes is receiving federal funding for reconstruction.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced$1.5 billion in infrastructure grants across the nation, and Macomb County’s Mound Road is receiving $97,864,465.

“This grant award is significant for two reasons. First, it provides us with the needed funding to invest in our region’s number one need: fixing our infrastructure,” said Mark A. Hackel, Macon County executive, in a news release. “It also strengthens Macomb County’s position as a leader in mobility.”

The Mound Road Industrial Corridor Technology and Innovation Project is aimed at doing more than just fixing the 30-year-old, eight-lane road between M-59 and I-696. It will create a corridor designed to relieve congestion and enhance safety, outfitted with smarter technologies for connected vehicles, according to Sen. Gary Peters.

“Macomb County is home to world-class innovators, manufacturers and workers, and we need world-class infrastructure to match, said Peters, member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, who voted to support the investment.

“(It) will help transform Mound Road from a pothole-ridden road to a modernized transportation corridor.”

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