According to the Lansing State Journal, a long-awaited monument to Michigan police officers who've died in the line of duty could be erected in downtown Lansing as early as fall 2019.

Lawmakers set aside $1.2 million in the 2019 state government budget for the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument, the last dollars needed for a project that's been in the works since 2004.

The project could break ground as early as spring 2019 and be wrapped up six months later.  The commission that oversees the project is expected to meet this week with the monument's designers.

The monument is planned near the corner of West Allegan Street and South Butler Boulevard, near the Michigan Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the lawn of the Hall of Justice.