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Sen. MacDonald helps secure $72M for Macomb projects in state infrastructure bill

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald helped secure $72 million for Macomb County water and sewer projects as part of legislation to make statewide infrastructure improvements.

“Instead of using our unprecedented federal funding to increase the size of government, we are using it to make significant, long-term improvements in our communities that will make a real difference for the people of Macomb and our state,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “I was proud to work with Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller on prioritizing these projects in this historic legislation. It will improve the water quality for Macomb families and businesses and reduce the risk of future collapses, sinkholes and basement flooding.”

Miller said, “Sen. Michael MacDonald has been a champion in obtaining funding for important underground infrastructure projects. These funds will pay for a new project at the Martin Retention Basin, which handles the sewage from Roseville by reducing combined sewer overflows into Lake St. Clair — to improve water quality. These funds also will be used to rehabilitate our main interceptor sewer which carries the sewage from over one-half million residents to ensure we do not have another collapse and sinkhole.”

Senate Bill 565 would use $4.1 billion in federal funding and $571 million in state resources to make important infrastructure investments across the state, including over $1.7 billion to help communities improve their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

Under the bill, Macomb County will receive $72 million for underground infrastructure improvements, including:

  • Using existing infrastructure to allow for storage of combined sanitary sewage and storm water flow inside the 11-foot-diameter pipe that serves the city of Eastpointe and most of St. Clair Shores — that could reduce combined sewage discharges at the Chapaton Pump Station in St. Clair Shores to Lake St. Clair by 30%.
  • An in-system wastewater storage project inside the existing underground infrastructure near the Martin Retention Basin.
  • Construction of a new pump station at Nine Mile Road at Jefferson Avenue — the first new pump since 1968 — to increase sewer capacity and protect basements from flooding.
  • Ongoing rehabilitation of the Macomb Interceptor sewer along 15 Mile Road.

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Editor’s note: The above photographs are available by clicking on the images or by visiting https://www.SenatorMichaelMacDonald.com/photos/.

First photo caption: Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, reviews work at one of the Macomb Interceptor Drain sewer construction sites with Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice S. Miller (center) and state Rep. Pamela Hornberger, R-Chesterfield Township.

Second photo caption: Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, tours the Chapaton Pump Station with Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice S. Miller (left) and state Rep. Pamela Hornberger, R-Chesterfield Township.