Governor Whitmer continues to repair roads and bridges

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April 12, 2022

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Governor Whitmer continues to repair roads and bridges and announces the start of projects in Bay, Gratiot, Kent, Lapeer and Mason counties on April 18

In 2022, Governor Whitmer makes the biggest investment in state roads and bridges in Michigan history

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Whitmer announced that several road reconstruction projects are scheduled to begin on Monday, April 18. Projects include US-127 Resurfacing in Gratiot County, I-69 Rebuilding Michigan Project in Lapeer County, Year 2 of I-75 Resurfacing Project in Bay County, Resurfacing Project US-31 in Mason County, I-96 Road and Bridge Improvement Project in Kent County, and I-96 Interchange Connection Project in Kent County. According to economic modeling, this investment should directly and indirectly support 1,287 jobs.

“Across Michigan, we’re fixing the damn roads to save motorists time and money. Investments like these in Bay, Gratiot, Kent, Lapeer and Mason counties will keep our bridges and roads safe for years to come,” said Governor Whitmer. “My plan to rebuild Michigan and the recently enacted Building Michigan Together plan are helping us fix our roads and bridges with the right mix and materials, making them much less susceptible to our infamous pothole seasons, the all without raising taxes by a penny. Since I took office, Michigan has repaired, rebuilt or replaced more than 13,000 miles of roads and more than 900 bridges, supporting nearly 82,000 jobs. These projects will add to that total and continue and support even more good paying jobs in those communities.

Resurfacing of US-127 in Gratiot County

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $1.2 million to resurface 1.7 miles of US-127 from north of Humphrey Road to Washington Road in Gratiot County. According to economic modeling, this investment should directly and indirectly support nearly 20 jobs.

County:

Gratiot

Highway:

US-127

The nearest city:

Ithaca

Start date:

Monday, April 18, 2022

Estimated end date:

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Traffic restrictions:

Traffic will be maintained with single lane closures and traffic shifts.

Security advantage:

These works will improve the road surface and extend the life of the road.

I-69 Michigan Reconstruction in Lapeer County MDOT will invest $54.5 million to rebuild more than seven miles of I-69 from M-24 to Lake George Road. This work will also replace the Five Lakes rest area. According to economic modeling, this investment should directly and indirectly support 685 jobs.

Funding for this project is made possible by Governor Whitmer’s Michigan Reconstruction Program to rebuild the state’s highways and bridges that are critical to the state’s economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy targets fixes that extend the useful life and improve the state of the state’s infrastructure.

County:

Lapeer

Highway:

M-24

The nearest city:

Lapeer

Start date:

Monday, April 18, 2022

Estimated end date:

October 2023

Traffic restrictions:

Drivers should expect lane closures and traffic changes as crews begin to rebuild the roadway. This two-year project will begin with crews expected to rebuild I-69 westbound first. During this time, all traffic will be maintained on I-69 eastbound. The following ramps will be closed during this phase of work:

  • M-24 southbound to I-69 eastbound,
  • I-69 westbound to M-24,
  • I-69 westbound to Wilder Road,
  • Wilder Road to I-69 westbound, and
  • Lake Pleasant Road to I-69 westbound.

Westbound traffic will be redirected to the west side of the freeway at the end of the construction season. In the spring of 2023, work will begin to rebuild I-69 eastbound, with additional traffic restrictions in place.

Security advantage:

This work will make it possible to rebuild an aging roadway, promoting the circulation of commuters and businesses.

Bay County I-75 Resurfacing Project

MDOT will resume work on I-75 from Beaver Road to Cottage Grove Road in Bay County. Remaining work items include median clean-up and temporary crossing and bridge work on the Kawkawlin River. Later in the construction season, crews will complete the remaining work for the Parish Road Bridge. This work is part of a $29 million investment launched in the spring of 2021 to resurface nearly five miles of I-75 and complete critical bridge repairs at Parish Road and I-75 on Beaver Road. According to economic modeling, this investment should directly and indirectly support 368 jobs.

County:

Bay

Highway:

I-75

Nearest towns:

flax wood

Kawkawlin

Start date:

Monday, April 18, 2022

Estimated end date:

August 2022

Traffic restrictions:

Drivers should expect intermittent single-lane closures on I-75 to accommodate median works.

Security advantage:

This work will improve the running surface of I-75 and complete essential repairs to the bridge to extend the life of the road and structures.

US-31 Resurfacing Project in Mason County

MDOT is investing $2.4 million to resurface nearly three miles of US-31 between Hoague Road in Mason County and Fox Farm Road in Manistee County. This project will improve safety and driving quality for motorists and extend the life of the roadway. Based on economic modelling, this investment should directly and indirectly support 30 jobs.

Counties:

Mason and Manistee

Highway:

US-31

The nearest city:

Manistee

Start date:

Monday, April 18, 2022

Estimated end date:

Friday, July 1, 2022

Traffic restrictions:

US-31 will be closed and traffic diverted to Hoague, Quarterline, County Line, Maple and Fox Farm roads.

Security advantage:

These works will provide a safer and smoother riding surface.

Kent County I-96 Road and Bridge Improvement Project

MDOT is investing approximately $6 million to resurface 4.5 miles of I-96 from east of Bristol Avenue to West River Drive in the town of Walker. Work also includes bridge improvements on the eastbound I-96 ramp to southbound US-131 on West River Drive and the Marquette Railroad. According to economic modeling, this investment should directly and indirectly support 76 jobs.

County:

Kent

Highway:

I-96

Nearest towns:

Walker

Great Rapids

Start date:

Monday, April 18, 2022

Estimated end date:

Mid-September 2022

Traffic restrictions:

Lane closures, traffic changes and ramp closures will be in effect throughout the project. The eastbound I-96 ramp to southbound US-131 is scheduled to be closed Monday, April 18 through Monday, August 1. Traffic will be diverted to US-131 northbound, then West River Drive to US-131 southbound. Alternate detour: East on I-96 to Plainfield Avenue, then I-96 westbound to US-131 southbound.

Security advantage:

This project will improve the route and is a long-term investment for the life of the corridor and associated bridges.

Kent County I-96 Interchange Connection Project

MDOT is investing approximately $8.5 million to construct an interchange connector lane on I-196 westbound from the I-196 Business Spur (Chicago Drive Exit #72) to M-11 (28th Street/Wilson Avenue). Work also includes the resurfacing of I-196 from M-11 to Market Avenue and bridge improvements at the Chicago Drive interchange and on Kent Trails. According to economic modeling, this investment should directly and indirectly support 108 jobs.

County:

Kent

Highway:

I-196

Nearest towns:

Big city

Great Rapids

Start date:

Monday, April 18, 2022

Estimated end date:

Mid-October 2022

Traffic restrictions:

Lane closures and traffic changes will be in effect throughout the project. Ramp closures will be in effect at the I-196/Chicago Drive interchange. The Kent Trails pedestrian path will be closed and rerouted north of I-196 at Indian Mounds Drive and south of I-196 near Chicago Drive.

Security advantage:

The new connection road between interchanges will increase safety and reduce traffic congestion. The road and bridge works will improve ride quality and extend the life of the roadway and bridges.

Michigan Rebuild Plan

Since Governor Whitmer took office, Michigan has repaired, rebuilt or replaced 13,198 miles of roads and 903 bridges, supporting nearly 82,000 jobs. Recently, Governor Whitmer signed the Building Michigan Together Plan, a bipartisan plan to invest nearly $5 billion in Michigan’s infrastructure, grow the economy, create jobs, and benefit families in all regions. of State. The Building Michigan Together plan provides critical infrastructure investments of $645 million in Michigan, including $317 million for road and bridge programs, to benefit state and local projects.

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