Outgoing Congressman Fred Upton has secured a grant to replace train bridges along southern Michigan.
The grant is for $1.5 million, and has been earmarked to replace five bridges along the state-owned Kalamazoo to Dearborn rail corridor.
Upton’s office tells WSJM that the funds will be used for preliminary engineering and preparation of National Environmental Policy Act documents for bridges used by Amtrak’s Wolverine and Blue Water trains. Amtrak and MDOT will provide 25% matching funds.
Upton says the line is a vital part of the connection between Detroit, Kalamazoo, Chicago, and all points west.
Funding comes from the 2021 Fiscal Year Federal State Partnership State of Good Repair Grant Program.