Ann Arbor City Council calls special meeting to approve Stadium bridges federal contract
The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday at CTN studios, 2805 S. Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor. The only item on the council's agenda is the contract with the federal government for the $13.9 million TIGER II grant that was awarded to the city last fall.
The agreement must be approved by the City Council, signed by the mayor and the city administrator, and then returned to the Department of Transportation.
Once the agreement has all the required signatures, US-DOT will begin to "obligate" the funds that were approved for the project in two steps, said Homayoon Pirooz, head of the city's project management unit. Once all the federal and state grants for the project are obligated, the Michigan Department of Transportation will advertise the construction contract and will hire a contractor to rebuild the bridges, Pirooz said, adding that the city will manage the construction.
Pirooz said the city expects the first $800,000 of federal funds to be obligated this week. Despite threats to the TIGER II program in Washington, that money would not be taken away, he said.
The remaining $13.1 million would be obligated by US-DOT after the city records all the required right of way easements, hopefully in April or May, Pirooz said. It's at that time when all the project funds would be safe, Pirooz said.
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