Grant creates 99 jobs in Walker

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Department of Transportation has  given the City of Walker a grant which will be applied towards the  removal of the Walker Avenue bridge.

The project will improve access to BISSELL Homecare Inc. based in Walker.

A  railroad crossing will replace the bridge that currently exists  overhead of the Marne and Coopersville railway. The project will allow  the city to implement a four-lane road, which would help BISSELL’s  traffic.

The bridge, which is weight-restricted and in need of  repair, has prevented the growth of the BISSELL facility — it is too  close to BISSELL’s sole access drive. BISSELL recently renovated their  headquarters, a project that created 99 new jobs. The renovation was  influenced by the bridge removal.

The  Transportation Economic Development Fund grant will cover $1,770,000 of  $2,950,000 — the projected cost for the bridge removal. The rest of the  funding will come from the City of Walker.

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