Whitmer Continues to Fix the Damn Roads with Projects Starting This Week
LANSING, Mich. (STL.News) Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced that three road projects are slated to begin this week in Berrien, Calhoun, and St. Joseph counties. These projects include I-94 bridge construction in Berrien County, M-227 resurfacing in Calhoun County, and M-60 and US-12 resurfacing in St. Joseph County. Based on economic modeling, these investments will support 125 jobs.
“Across Michigan, we are 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 get to work, run errands, and explore our beautiful state safely,” said Governor Whitmer. “Since I took office through the end of 2022, we will have invested 70% more in our roads than the previous four years to fix over 16,000 lane miles of road 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, reliable infrastructure that makes a difference for families and small business across the state. I’m proud of what we have accomplished, so let’s roll up our sleeves and keep getting things done.”
I-94 Bridge Construction in Berrien County
MDOT is continuing work to widen the eastbound I-94 bridge over Pipestone Road to prepare for the I-94 rebuilding project between Red Arrow Highway and Britain Avenue in 2023 and 2024. Crews will begin building the new, temporary bridge lanes. Work this year is a $7.3 million investment that includes pavement repairs on 8.8 miles of I-94 from Puetz Road to Britain Avenue and building median crossovers and emergency pull-offs on I-94. Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to support nearly 93 jobs.
Funding for this project is made possible by Governor Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state’s economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improves the condition of the state’s infrastructure.
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