Churches, Camilleri Bring Home Funding for Grosse Ile Bridge

Grosse Ile, MI — Representative Jaime Churches (D-Wyandotte) and Senator Darrin Camilleri (D-Trenton) recently announced a $20 million budget earmark to ensure that the bridge that connects the island to Trenton and the rest of the Downriver area would have the funds for needed repairs.

“The Grosse Ile Free Bridge is the lifeline to the island,” said Senator Camilleri. “We have spent a lot of time advocating for this project, and I’m proud we were able to secure this $20 million to make sure the bridge can keep serving our Downriver community for years to come.”

Churches, who in her first term has become one of the more effective members of the state house, noted that she grew up on the island and understands firsthand the problems that come with a lack of mobility on and off the island.

“Growing up on Grosse Ile, I understand the massive inconvenience, financial burden and safety concerns that come with living on the island,” said Representative Churches. “That is why I tirelessly advocated for this funding in Lansing — so we could work with our local, county and state partners to begin this vital project — and I will continue to advocate for future investments of the bridge as we move forward. When we work together, we get can get things done for the people of Downriver.”
The event was attended by Wayne County Commissioner Joe Palamara who has advocated for repairs for many years and Representative Debbie Dingell.

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