About the Partnership
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Grand Traverse Band (GTB) have been partners with the Road Commission since the late 1990s. One of their first cooperative efforts was to offer funds to cost-share in the aerial photography of the then-proposed Hartman-Hammond Connector. Although the project did not go forward, it set the stage for more present day efforts.
The GTB evaluates our road system on a regular basis and then determines which roads qualify to become included in their Tribal Road System. Roads which meet their criteria then became eligible for federal tribal and local 2% funds.
In 2010, the GTB funded the following projects
Funding was given to rehabilitate (crushing and shaping) and pave the shoulder on East Silver Lake Road from Zimmerman to Rennie School Road. This project was allocated $681,000.
$131,000 was allocated to overlay Keystone Road from Cass Road to River Road.
GTB funded improvements on Secor Road from West Silver Lake Road to South Long Lake Road.
In Williamsburg, funding was allocated for Bates Road.
$1.5 million was allocated for the Holiday Road project in Acme and East Bay Townships in 2013.