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A Regional Win, Coleman Road Extension Receives State Funding

Wednesday, June 13, 2018  
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Project expected to ease traffic congestion and attract economic investment

In an effort led by the Capital Council of Governments (CAPCOG) and Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, the tri-county region has secured a major victory as the Michigan Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder have given final approval for $7.6 million dollars to extend Coleman Road. The project, which has been in the works for more than a decade, will connect Coleman Road to Wood Road and U.S. 127 along the southern border of Clinton and Ingham Counties.

“This is a significant win for the entire region and demonstrates what can happen when business, community and elected leaders share a vision and come together to support infrastructure investment and economic growth,” said Tim Daman, president and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC). “The Coleman Road extension will provide greater connectivity for our region and attract major economic investment and job growth in our region.”

“I have been actively working on securing this funding for three years along with State Representative Tom Barrett,” said Senator Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “I am happy that this project will bring traffic relief to Lake Lansing Road, around the Eastwood Towne Center as well as spur new economic development opportunities and jobs. This road will benefit Clinton County greatly.”

“It is always rewarding when our state lawmakers can set partisan politics aside, reach across the aisle and work collaboratively for the good of the region,” said East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows. “The Coleman Road project will have a significant economic impact in the city and our entire region.”

The Capital Council of Governments, Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission all joined in supporting funding for the Coleman Road extension.

Supporters of the Coleman Road extension say the project will ease traffic congestion for a number of major employers along the corridor, saving time, miles driven and resources while strengthening the region’s infrastructure and attracting economic investment and job growth.

“There is a great deal of prime undeveloped land in the area that will draw considerable interest from occupiers and developers.” said Van Martin, CEO of CBRE|Martin. “Extending Coleman Road will be the catalyst to facilitate immediate growth in this submarket, which is certain to occur as a result of this project.”

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