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  • I-94 Westndge Project

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has started the second year of a three-year, $45 million project to reconstruct and widen almost 2 miles of I-94 from east of Oakland Drive to east of Lovers Lane in Portage, and rebuild the I-94 interchange at Westnedge Avenue.

    This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

    Throughout construction, all Westnedge Avenue businesses will remain open and accessible via posted detours on Oakland Drive, Portage Road, Milham Road and Kilgore Road.

    "This segment of the I-94 corridor is the vital transportation link between Detroit and Chicago and carries a very high volume of commercial traffic," MDOT Southwest Region Engineer Bobbi Welke said. "Westnedge Avenue is regarded as the center of commercial retail activity for Kalamazoo County in addition to providing the critical arterial route for traffic between Kalamazoo and Portage."

    "These routes are important to the economy of southwest Michigan," Welke said. "This project will add capacity, improve traffic flow and increase motorist safety on both routes."

    In addition to widening I-94 from four to six lanes, the Westnedge Avenue interchange will be redesigned with a more efficient Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) design. The new interchange will require a new traffic signal on Westnedge Avenue, widening about 1,600 feet of Westnedge Avenue to accommodate the new interchange and remove the traffic bottleneck posed by the existing bridge carrying I-94 traffic over South Westnedge Avenue.

    Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction on I-94 throughout the project. Work on the I-94 bridge over the Grand Elk Railroad and Portage Creek will require closing this segment of the Portage Bicentennial Park Trail Way through the fall 2011.

    Eastbound I-94 construction includes new bridges over Westnedge Avenue and the Grand Elk Railroad. Traffic will be shifted onto westbound I-94 lanes, and several ramps in the I-94/Westnedge Avenue interchange will be closed.
    - Westbound I-94 to southbound Westnedge Avenue.
    - Eastbound I-94 to northbound Westnedge Avenue.
    - Eastbound I-94 to southbound Westnedge Avenue.
    - Westnedge Avenue to eastbound I-94.
    - Southbound Portage Road to westbound I-94.

    Detour routes will be signed, and two lanes of traffic will be maintained on Westnedge Avenue, except for a few short-duration lane closures to remove the existing bridge beams and place new beams.

    Half of the project will be complete and reopened to traffic by mid-November. Eastbound traffic will be shifted onto the newly completed eastbound I-94 roadway for the winter months. Because of the partially completed interchange at I-94 and Westnedge Avenue, some ramps still will be closed.
    - Eastbound I-94 to northbound Westnedge Avenue.
    - Southbound Westnedge Avenue to eastbound I-94.

  • M-43 pump station reconstruction and Kalamazoo Northside streetscaping getting underway

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has started work to repave about one-fifth of a mile of M-43 and rebuild a pump station along the Kalamazoo River in downtown Kalamazoo.

    While some work already has started, a detour will be in place mid-June to mid-July while M-43 is closed from the I-94 Business Loop (Kings Highway) to East Michigan Avenue for storm sewer and road construction. All work on the $1.7 million project is expected to be completed in mid-August.

    MDOT also will be partnering with the city on streetscape enhancements in the Northside Neighborhood through a $440,000 Transportation Enhancement grant. MDOT will be upgrading six intersections along North Park Street and North Westnedge Avenue. Improvements will include bricked crosswalks, increased green space, pedestrian sheltering, pedestrian level lighting and enhanced scenery.

  • Report a Pothole

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    Report a Pothole  

    MDOT Please call: 888-296-4546...Include route number. MDOT only repairs potholes on state trunklines.
    These are freeways with M, I, or US designations (for example: I-94, M-14, US-10).
    Include direction of travel and distance from cross street or interchange if possible.
    To report potholes on routes other than state trunklines, contact your county or local unit of government.

    In the City of Kalamazoo
    please call the City’s Public Services Department at 337-8731 to report pothole concerns

    In the City of Portage
    contact the complaint resolution hotline at 269-329-4400

  • Monday Open House M-43

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    An open house Monday will discuss planned construction this summer along M-43 in downtown Kalamazoo and upgrades to six intersections on the city’s north side and at its northern gateways.

    The Michigan Department of Transportation and city of Kalamazoo are partnering on streetscape improvements that include the intersections. The upgrades focus on nonmotorized traffic including bricked crosswalks, green space, pedestrian-level lighting and enhanced scenery, according to a news release.

    The open house is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Northside Association for Community Development, 612 N. Park St.

    Representatives from MDOT and the city will discuss that work, as well as plans for rebuilding a pump station, improving the storm sewer and repaving M-43 from the Kalamazoo River to East Michigan Avenue

  • MDOT to close Riverside Drive in Battle Creek on March 29

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is started work on Monday, March 29, to complete reconstruction of two I-94 bridges and Riverside Drive in Battle Creek, Calhoun County.

    Riverside Drive will be closed under I-94 from March 29 through June 30 while contractors rebuild the road and complete two new I-94 bridges over the road.

    Two lanes of traffic will be maintained on I-94 in each direction throughout the project.

  • Public Forum

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    Kalamazoo city officials will be holding a public forum to announce speed limit changes on Westnedge Avenue from Kilgore Road to the north city limits.

    There will be a representative from the Michigan Department of Transportation present to address any questions or concerns.

    There are two planned meetings being held at Kalamazoo City Hall Commission Chambers (241 W. South Street).

    The first is on Monday, April 12 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The second is on Tuesday, April 13 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

  • Westnedge Ave lane closures in Kalamazoo

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    The City of Kalamazoo will be closing two lanes of North Westnedge Tuesday and Wednesday (March 23 and 24) just north of the railroad tracks to replace a section of a 48-inch sewage pipe under the roadway.  Auto traffic will be funneled through the remaining lanes and heavy truck traffic will be rerouted around the construction area

  • MDOT to hold open house for M-96 Kalamazoo River mill race bridge replacement project in Augusta

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    WHAT: The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is holding an open house to discuss replacement of the M-96 bridge over the Kalamazoo River mill race in Augusta, Kalamazoo County.

    WHO: MDOT representatives, contractor representatives, public and media

    WHEN: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    WHERE: Augusta Village Hall, 109 W. Clinton St., Augusta

  • US 31 and I 196 Lane Closure

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    Project has finished.

    One lane of the northbound US-31/I-196 ramp at Washington Avenue in Holland, Allegan County, is closed to repair a collapsed catch basin. One lane of the ramp still is open to traffic.

    The closure is expected to go through noon Wednesday, March 17. Updates will be issued if more information becomes available.

  • Railroad Repair in Cass County

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    Canadian National Railroad has completed emergency repairs of the railroad crossing on M-62 south of Cassopolis in Cass
    County early

    Canadian National Railroad will be closing the railroad crossing on M-62 south of Cassopolis in Cass County for an emergency repair Thursday, March 11,  and Friday, March 12.
    M-62 traffic will be detoured to Hospital Street and M-60.

  • I-94 Construction (Battle Creek)

    Posted by Tim Abramowski
    I-94

    Lane Shift - Tue 12/15/09, 3 PM to Fri 5/28/10, 11 PM
    I-94 westbound 1/2 mile west of Exit 95 and 1 mile east of Exit 98
    Details:   There is a lane shift for construction of the Riverside Drive bridges. No overweight loads over Riverside Bridge at Mile 97.5.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 8.6 feet wide
    Nothing over 13.6 feet high
    Work will take place at night
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 77 days.  Last updated: 1/21/10 3:37 PM
    Lane Shift - Tue 12/15/09, 3 PM to Fri 5/28/10, 11 PM
    I-94 eastbound 1/2 mile west of Exit 95 and 1 mile east of Exit 98
    Details:   There is a lane shift for construction of the Riverside Drive bridges. No overweight loads over the Riverside Bridge at Mile 97.5.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 8.6 feet wide
    Nothing over 13.6 feet high
    Work will take place at night
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 77 days.  Last updated: 1/21/10 3:37 PM
    Rest Area Closure - Tue 1/27/09, 12 AM to Fri 12/31/10, 5 PM
    Coloma Rest Area off of eastbound I-94 near Mile Marker 36
    Details:   Closed indefinitely for determination of the facility.  
    Contact:   Coloma TSC 269-849-1165
    Berrien County
    Expires in 294 days.  Last updated: 1/29/10 8:46 AM

    I-94

    Lane Shift - Tue 12/15/09, 3 PM to Fri 5/28/10, 11 PM
    I-94 westbound 1/2 mile west of Exit 95 and 1 mile east of Exit 98
    Details:   There is a lane shift for construction of the Riverside Drive bridges. No overweight loads over Riverside Bridge at Mile 97.5.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 8.6 feet wide
    Nothing over 13.6 feet high
    Work will take place at night
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 79 days.  Last updated: 1/21/10 3:37 PM
    Lane Shift - Tue 12/15/09, 3 PM to Fri 5/28/10, 11 PM
    I-94 eastbound 1/2 mile west of Exit 95 and 1 mile east of Exit 98
    Details:   There is a lane shift for construction of the Riverside Drive bridges. No overweight loads over the Riverside Bridge at Mile 97.5.  
    Restrictions:   Nothing over 8.6 feet wide
    Nothing over 13.6 feet high
    Work will take place at night
    Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)
    Contact:   Marshall TSC 269-789-0592
    Calhoun County
    Expires in 79 days.  Last updated: 1/21/10 3:37 PM

    I-94 in Kalamazoo County

    The largest and perhaps most disruptive road project Kalamazoo County will begin in just a few weeks when I-94 will be rebuilt through Portage and the Westnedge interchange will be replaced.

    Dates have been set for the demolition of the bridge on the north side of that intersection, late on the night of April 24th. On June 20th, Westnedge will be closed again during one over night to install overhead beams.

    Engineers hope that weather permitting, those will be the only times they will have to completely close the busy north-south connector between Kalamazoo and Portage.

  • Weight restrictions in effect Monday, March 8,

    Posted by Tim Abramowski

    Weight restrictions for commercial truck traffic have been imposed and enforced on state roadways from the southern Michigan border north to and including the Mackinac Bridge.

    There are no restrictions for legal axle weight loads on roads designated as "all-season trunklines." On routes designated as "seasonal," there will be a posted reduction of 25 percent for rigid pavements and 35 percent for flexible pavements.

    All extended permits will be valid for oversized loads in the weight-restricted area on the restricted routes. Single-trip permits will not be issued for any overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width on the restricted routes.

    For weight restriction information and updates, call 800-787-8960, or you can access this information on MDOT's Mi Drive Web site at michigan.gov/drive; on "Truckers". All-season routes are designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map, which is available online. You may also sign up to receive e-mail alerts.