By Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials have awarded a $3 million grant for road projects to support the operation of a nuclear science facility being built at Michigan State University.

The Michigan Department of Transportation announced Wednesday the state transportation economic grant will help pay for five associated road projects that will improve traffic flow around the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. Facility construction began in 2014 and is expected to be done by 2021.

Officials say total cost of the road improvements is roughly $9.5 million, including $3 million from the state and about $6.5 million provided by the university through the city of East Lansing.

Also known as FRIB (EF’-rib), the facility will help scientists make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes. Michigan State won a national competition to host it.

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