Whitmer Continues to Fix the Damn Roads with Projects Starting This Week

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September 6, 2022

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Governor Whitmer continues to fix the damn roads with projects in Berrien, Calhoun and St. Joseph counties starting this week

In 2022, Governor Whitmer will make the largest investment in state highways and bridges in Michigan history

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced that three r’soad projects are scheduled to begin this week in Berrien, Calhoun and St. Joseph counties. These projects include the construction of the I-94 bridge in Berrien County, the resurfacing of M-227 in Calhoun County, and the resurfacing of M-60 and US-12 in St. Joseph County. Based on economic models, these investments will support 125 jobs.

“Across Michigan, we’re moving dirt and fixing the damn roads to save drivers time and money. These investments in Berrien, Calhoun and St. Joseph counties will help Michiganders safely work, run errands and explore our beautiful state,” he said. governor whitmer. “From the time I took office through the end of 2022, we will have invested 70% more in our highways than in the previous four years to repair more than 16,000 lane miles of highway and 1,200 bridges, supporting nearly 89,000 jobs. . Both my Rebuilding Michigan Plan and the bipartisan Building Michigan Together Plan are helping us build safe and reliable infrastructure that makes a difference for families and small businesses across the state. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, so let’s roll up our sleeves and keep getting things done.”

Construction of the I-94 bridge in Berrien County

MDOT continues to work to expand the I-94 Eastbound Bridge over Pipestone Road to prepare for the I-94 Reconstruction Project between Red Arrow Highway and Britain Avenue in 2023 and 2024. Crews will begin building the new temporary bridge lanes. This year’s work is a $7.3 million investment that includes pavement repairs on 8.8 miles of I-94 from Puetz Road to Britain Avenue and the construction of intermediate interchanges and emergency stops on I-94. Based on economic models, this investment is expected to support nearly 93 jobs.

Funding for this project is made possible through the initiative of Governor Whitmer Michigan Reconstruction Program to rebuild state highways and bridges that are critical to the state’s economy and carry the majority of traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in a longer useful life and improve the conditions of the state’s infrastructure.

County:

Berrien

Highway:

I-94

Nearest cities:

Saint Joseph

Benton Harbor

Start date:

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Estimated date of completion:

Friday, September 23, 2022

Traffic restrictions:

Expect single lane closures on I-94 Eastbound and Westbound. Pipestone Road will be closed and detoured.

Pipestone Road turnoffs are:

  • Northbound Pipestone Road: I-94 Eastbound, Napier Avenue Westbound, and I-94 Westbound back to Pipestone Road Northbound.
  • Southbound Pipestone Road: I-94 westbound, M-139 southbound, and I-94 eastbound back to Pipestone Road southbound.

Security benefit:

This work will widen the highway, improving the driving surface and safety during reconstruction.

M-227 Resurfacing in Calhoun County

MDOT will spend $302,400 to resurface 1.3 miles of M-227 from 15 1/2 Mile Road to 17 Mile Road in Leroy Township, south of Marshall. Based on economic models, this investment is expected to support nearly four jobs.

County:

Calhoun

Highway:

M-227

Nearest city:

Marshall

Start date:

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Estimated date of completion:

Monday, October 31, 2022

Traffic restrictions:

There will be full closures of M-227 between 15 1/2 Mile Road and 17 Mile Road, as well as the ramps at I-69/M-227 (F Drive South) Exit 32 from Friday, September 9 through Friday, September 16. September.

There will be single lane closures with traffic regulators for the remainder of the project.

Security benefit:

This work will improve the driving surface of the road and extend the life of the roadway.

M-60 and US-12 Resurfacing in St. Joseph County

MDOT will invest $2.2 million to resurface 7 miles of M-60 from the M-66 junction to Hacker Road through Leonidas, and 1 mile from US-12 from Fairview Drive to Grass Lake Lane in White Dove. Work includes cold milling and hot mix resurfacing, replacement of the curb ramp and traffic recorder, and new pavement markings. Based on economic models, this investment is expected to support nearly 28 jobs.

County:

Saint Joseph

Highway:

M-66

Nearest cities:

Leonidas

White dove

Start date:

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Estimated date of completion:

Friday, November 18, 2022

Traffic restrictions:

Drivers should expect lane closures and traffic regulators.

Security benefit:

This work will improve safety and access for pedestrians, and will improve the road’s travel surface and extend the life of the roadway.

Reconstruction of Michigan roads and bridges

Since taking office through the end of 2022, Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist will have fixed, repaired or replaced more than 16,000 lane miles of highway and 1,200 bridges, supporting more than 89,000 jobs without raising taxes or a penny. These and future repairs are possible thanks to the Michigan Reconstruction Plana five-year, $3.5 billion investment in our roads and bridges, and the Building Michigan Together bipartisan plan, the largest single investment in Michigan infrastructure in state history. These strategic investments in Michigan’s infrastructure ensure that future Michiganders will have safer roads and bridges to run errands, travel, and strengthen the economy.

Learn more about the Whitmer-Gilchrist Administration’s historic infrastructure investments by clicking the link below: infrastructure achievements.

Infrastructure Investments in the FY2023 Budget

The fourth meeting of Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist balanced and bipartisan budget expands investments in the bipartisan Building Michigan Together plan signed in April by speeding replacement of lead service lines, reducing traffic congestion at local rail crossings, upgrading state fish hatcheries and funding overdue maintenance projects for a long time in state facilities.

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