COMMITMENT TO THE PROJECT

Community Support

The Beck Road Business Corridor Improvement Project enjoys formal declarations of support from communities along the Corridor and from communities outside the corridor as well.
Resolutions of support have been passed by the following governing bodies:
 
  • City of Wixom
  • City of Novi
  • Oakland County Board of Commissioners
  • City of Plymouth  
 
We also have letters of supports from other communities and agencies including: 
 
  • Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) 
  • Plymouth Township
  • Road Commission of Oakland County
  • Michigan International Technology Center, a site-specific Brownfield Authority inclusive of Plymouth Township, Northville Township and the Michigan Land Bank
Business Support

Businesses along the Beck Road Corridor recognize the necessity of the project.  This understanding is demonstrated by formal letters of support from ten businesses on the Corridor.
 
Bonding for Local Match

The Cities of Wixom and Novi have also committed to this project, and the bonding required to meet a significant commitment of local match for external funding sources.
Right of Way Status

The Cities of Wixom and Novi have already obtained over 70% of Right-of-Way necessary to complete this much-needed project in their respective communities.  Both communities also have active and ongoing strategies for acquisition of the remaining Right-of-Way required to see this project become a reality. 
 
This current status is a key differentiator for the Beck to the Future Initiative, as it demonstrates that this project has long been a priority for our communities.  It likewise represents a level of commitment, investment and, most importantly, a level of readiness/preparedness that is highly unusual.  These communities are at an advanced state of readiness and will be ready to put shovels into the ground quickly when funding commitments are received.
Funding Successes
The Beck Road Corridor Improvement Project has already found success in securing funding from the federal government, with $4.8 million allocated through the congressionally-directed spending process in 2022. This funding will fund the Grand River Boulevard to 11 Mile Road Segment, widening nearly a mile of the key arterial Beck Road connecting to Interstate 96 from its current 3-lane configuration to 5 lanes from 11 Mile Road to Grand River Boulevard in Novi.
 
This portion of the project will also create 8-foot pedestrian/bicycle paths on either side of the roadway, providing alternative travel options. The project will improve safety and reduce congestion for the over 28,000 vehicles using the corridor daily to commute to work and for access to nearby hospitals, retail centers, offices, and schools and will also promote alternative transportation modes by creating 8-foot non-motorized paths on both sides of the road with ADA-compliant ramps. 
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