BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced a planned four-year project to rebuild 8 miles of I-94 in Calhoun County. MDOT is seeking public comment on the $120 million project.
Some preparation work is planned in 2022, but the bulk of the work on the freeway, ramps, and bridges between Helmer Road and F Drive North will take place in 2023, 2024, and 2025.
Here is an outline of the plan:
- Replace the freeway pavement between Helmer Road and F Drive North, along with all signs and guardrails.
- Repave all ramps at Helmer Road, Capital Avenue, I-194/M-66, and M-294/Beadle Lake Road.
- Rebuilt ramps and parking lots at the Battle Creek Rest Area on I-94 eastbound.
- Replace the Capital Avenue bridge over I-94 with a bridge with wider pedestrian access.
- Rebuild the I-94 bridges at 6-½ Mile Road, M-294/Beadle Lake Road, 9 Mile Road, and over the Kalamazoo River.
- Repair the bridges over I-94 at Riverside Drive, I-194/M-66, and F Drive North.
MDOT says about 60,000 vehicles use this stretch of I-94 every day.
Public comment is being accepted through an online comment form, by email, by regular mail, and by phone:
- Online comment form
- Email address: MonsmaM@Michigan.gov
- Mail address: Monica Monsma, MDOT Environmental Services Section, P.O. Box 30050, Lansing, MI 48909
- Phone: 517-335-4381
The project is being funded through the Rebuilding Michigan Bonding Program.