Bernero and businesses square off over fixing Michigan Avenue

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – A group of Lansing business leaders has sent a strong message to Mayor Virg Bernero and the Lansing City Council: Fix Michigan Avenue.

The letter from the Lansing Regional Chamber claims that the infrastructure along Michigan Avenue has not kept pace with new business developments along the route.

In the letter the Chamber pointed to a need for upgrades on Michigan Avenue from Pennsylvania Avenue near Sparrow east to U.S. 127.

“Unfortunately, years have gone by without proper and critical investment in the infrastructure of Michigan Avenue which has negatively impacted the region’s image,” said Tim Daman, LRCC president and chief executive officer. “It is crumbling. It is falling apart and it is in desperate need of repair.”

Late this afternoon Mayor Virg Bernero responded to the Chamber letter in a scathing note.

Bernero said “If the Chamber had taken the time to ask the city about our plans, they would already know that fixing Michigan Avenue from Sparrow Hospital to US-127 is scheduled for next month.”

He went on to add that city engineers estimate it will take more than $150 million to bring Lansing’s streets to average condition.

The state’s funding plan will provide Lansing with about $6 million additional dollars when it is fully put in place in 2021.

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