Superintendent of Streets & Construction – Jim James
Major & Local Streets
The Revenue Department of the Major Street Fund is responsible for providing operating revenue to fund maintenance and routine operation of the major street system within the City.
All of the streets in the City are designated under Act 51 of the Public Acts of 1951 as either major or local streets. In general terms, streets which service vehicular traffic whose destination is along or close to that street, are categorized as local streets. Streets serving traffic with destinations outside of the local area of the street are categorized as major streets. Major streets must meet specific requirements for dimension and construction to be eligible for categorization as such. Act 51 requires annual reporting of any changes to the local or major street system as well as financial and audit reporting of the City’s expenditures relating to the street system.
The City receives revenue for maintenance of the major street system from the State of Michigan. This revenue is significantly larger than the revenue received from the State for maintenance of the local street system. The revenue received is based on a formula (which changes annually) incorporating a funding factor multiplied by the number of miles of major streets within the City. Several other external and internal sources of revenue supplement the revenue received from the State, primarily the City’s General Fund.