The Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) recently approved 2007–2011 Five Year Transportation Program will provide millions of dollars in transportation improvements to Southwest Michigan this year.
The 2007 program for rehabilitation and reconstruction work will provide $118 million in road and bridge investments. Another $16.9 million will be invested in Capital Preventive Maintenance (CPM) projects in order to improve a significant number of pavements and bridges and $5.9 million has been earmarked for various safety improvements. A total of approximately $144 million in transportation improvements is planned for the Southwest Region this year.
"We are making a substantial investment in our roads," said Southwest Region Engineer Bobbi Welke. "Whether it is a long-term fix or a maintenance project, people traveling in Southwest Michigan deserve good roads. We also understand the need to keep people moving and businesses open during construction, and we make every effort to balance those needs."
Significant investments are planned along all of the Southwest Region's major corridors during the next five years. In 2007, some highlights include:
- Widening and reconstructing Interstate 94 from west of US-131 to east of Oakland Drive in Kalamazoo County
- Rehabilitating 5.3 miles of M-40/M-89 in Allegan County, from the west city limits of Allegan to M-89 (124th Avenue). This project also includes joint repairs and paving the shoulders.
- Rehabilitating 8 miles of M-43 from the east Van Buren County line to east of Drake Road in Kalamazoo County. This project also includes construction of dual left-turn lanes at Drake Road and construction of a non-motorized path.
- Rehabilitating 7 miles of Interstate 196 from M-140 to south of 71st Street in Allegan County
- Rehabilitating 5.4 miles of eastbound Interstate 94 and rehabilitating both directions of the Interstate 94 bridge over Rice Creek in Calhoun County
- Reconstructing 1/2-mile of pavement on M-43 from Bush Street to Delton Road in Barry County
- Rehabilitating nearly 13 miles of M-60 between the east village limits of Vandalia to US-131 in Cass and St. Joseph counties
- Resurfacing and safety upgrades to 3.3 miles of US-12 from Interstate 69 east to Quincy Grange Road in Branch County
The Southwest Region serves nine counties in Southwest Michigan, including: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren. Major state trunk lines include: Interstate 94, Interstate 196, US-31, US-131, Interstate 69, and US-12, and thousands of miles of "M" routes owned and operated by MDOT.
For a complete copy of the 2007–2011 Five Year Transportation Program, visit MDOT's website at www.michigan.gov/mdot5yearplan.