FLINT, Michigan–After decades of neglect, Mayor Sheldon Neeley announced his administration in 2021 will plan to invest millions of dollars into repairing the City’s local roads and installing new speed control measures.
“Moving forward we will be spending millions of dollars making sure our local roads in our neighborhoods and speed control elements will be done to make sure we can enhance the quality of life in our residential areas,” Mayor Neeley said during his first State of the City on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.
Working to repair the city’s roads is a part of Mayor Neeley’s overall commitment to the City’s infrastructure needs in 2021. The top priority will continue to be on repairing the city’s water infrastructure and moving forward on projects that will safeguard the city’s drinking water now and in the future.
Investing in local roads has historically been especially difficult for the City of Flint because of the need for matching funds that the City simply doesn’t have.
Mayor Neeley said the city will use a triage approach to fixing the City’s streets, investing first in the local roads that are in the worst condition.
Beyond fixing the street surfaces, the City also will be investing in speed control measures. Mayor Neeley has met repeatedly with members of the Traffic Taming Task Force and received important data from them that highlights the need for speed control measures in the city.
“With limited resources, we have found creative ways to find dollars through our partnerships and our initiatives to be able to get local roads repaired that haven’t been done in more than two decades,” Neeley said.