FERNDALE - Plans to fix Church Road can proceed next year after city officials learned of an $800,000 grant from the state Transportation Improvement Board.
A federal grant of $1.98 million for the project was awarded last month. The total construction cost is $4 million, and city funds will make up the difference.
The state award was welcome news to city officials who said the project could have been delayed if the city hadn't won the grant.
Church Road is Ferndale's top priority for improvements. The project runs from Main Street to Heather Drive, a stretch that is narrow and has no sidewalks. The road is in bad condition in places.
The city in 2012 acquired strips of land along Church Road from 24 property owners so the road could be widened. Sidewalks, curbs and street lights also will be added.
The project is tentatively scheduled to begin in May 2014 and wrap up before the end of the year.
In addition, the city received a $379,000 Transportation Improvement Board grant to repave Barrett Road from Main Street to Smith Road.