Friday State News Summary
Fri, 14 Jan 2022 04:33:56 EST


MICHIGAN HAS A NEW INFRASTRUCTURE OFFICE
Michigan has a new infrastructure office to help the state manage projects to fix roads
and bridges, replace lead pipes, and expand high-speed Internet among other things.
The state infrastructure office will be responsible for overseeing the spending of federal
money from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan. Governor Gretchen Whitmer says
Michigan will receive billion of dollars and with the new office, can move full steam
ahead toward making improvements while also creating good-paying jobs.


SPECTRUM HEALTH ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR THREE NEW BUILDINGS
Spectrum Health has announced plans to build an 11-story, 240,000-square-foot
ambulatory care building on the north side of Michigan Street NE just west of Lafayette
Avenue. The facility will open in spring 2024.
The Medical Mile project is part of $151 million Spectrum will be spending on three new
buildings. West Michigans largest health care system also announced a new Rural
Health Clinic in Lakeview, and a primary care clinic in Big Rapids, both should open in
spring 2023.


MORE THAN 400 WATER SERVICE LINES LEAD-FREE IN BENTON HARBOR
The state says more than 400 water service lines in Benton Harbor are verified leadfree,
with replacement work scheduled for March. At that time, the pace will pick up
with a half-dozen new contractors pitching in to remove the remaining 39-HUNDRED
lead service lines in the city. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has set a spring 2023
deadline for all the lead lines to be replaced. In the meantime, the sate health
department continues to provide free bottled water to residents to reduce their risk of
exposure to lead in drinking water.


KENT COUNTY MAN WINS $500K WITH SCRATCH-OFF TICKET
A Kent County is 500-thousand-dollars richer after buying a scratch-off ticket at the
Grand Rapids Meijer store on Plainfield Avenue. The 37-year-old winner says he had a
$5 bill in his wallet , which he used to buy a Michigan Lotterys Hit 500-thousand-dollar
instant game ticket. He says it was around Christmas time and he decided to buy
himself a ticket at a self-serve machine. The man has chosen to remain anonymous,
and plans to use a portion of his winning to buy a new house.


SOO LOCKS SET TO CLOSE FOR CRITICAL MAINTENANCE
The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, will close to marine traffic beginning Saturday Jan.
15 through March 25 to perform critical maintenance. The operating season is fixed by
federal regulation and is driven in part by the feasibility of vessels operating in typical
Great Lakes ice conditions.




   

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