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Four years in the works, Dixie Highway has new, improved look
Local leaders celebrated the reconstruction and widening of Dixie Highway on Monday morning, September 20.
Dixie was improved from I-75 to Junction Road and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the occasion. This portion of Dixie Highway was under construction for the past three years and work will make this stretch more efficient and safer for traffic flow.
Many Frankenmuth-area residents use this stretch during the daily commute as well as guests coming to visit Frankenmuth. Additionally, many large Bridgeport Township businesses call Dixie Highway home.
“The reconstruction of this section of the Dixie Highway corridor is essential for new economic development including business expansion and attraction,” Bridgeport Township Supervisor Augie Tausend said. “It will also be much safer with the addition of a turn lane.”
The $7,250,000 project was a collaborative effort with a number of organizations and institutions providing funds to make it come to fruition.
The project was a joint effort between the Saginaw County Road Commission, U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, Bridgeport Downtown Development Authority and Charter Township and the State of Michigan, with assistance from Senator Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth), Saginaw Future, Inc. and the East Michigan Council of Governments.
“This project, which is intended to help address the transportation needs of our local businesses as they continue to expand and grow, was a much-anticipated event. We were excited to be able to financially partner with the Federal Office of Economic Development, the State of Michigan, Bridgeport Township and the Bridgeport DDA,” Saginaw County Road Commission Managing Director Dennis Borchard said. “Their investment in Saginaw County is greatly appreciated and it has been our pleasure to work with them through the construction process. And we owe a great deal of appreciation to Saginaw Future. The success of the partnerships with these organizations was due to their support and facilitation.”
The approximately 1.8 mile stretch of Dixie Highway is home to a number of key businesses for Saginaw County, including Amigo Mobility International, Orchid Bridgeport, GLE Precision, Bavarian Comfort Care, and Rolling Hills Business Park.
Dixie Highway is also a gateway to Frankenmuth, which is a top tourist attraction in the State of Michigan.
“I’m thrilled to join in the celebration for the reconstruction of this portion of Dixie Highway,” Horn said. “I want to thank everyone from the local, state and federal level who collaborated over the past four years to bring this project to completion. I’ll keep working with my legislative colleagues to prioritize funding for our local roads and bridges in the state budget but today’s ribbon cutting shows that good things happen when all levels of government work together.”
The organization of this project began in 2017 and was a lengthy effort to secure the funding.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration is proud to support the Saginaw County Road Commission and its partners in their efforts to strengthen their regional economy,” EDA Chicago Regional Office Director Susan Brehm said. “The Dixie Highway reconstruction project will increase road capacity, enhance the flow of commerce and pave the way to job creation.”