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Work to begin April 17 on I-94 project in Benton Harbor
Contact: Julie A. Hurley, MDOT Office of Communications, 269-208-7829Agency: Transportation
April 10, 2006 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will begin work on Monday, April 17, on a nearly $3.6 million project on I-94 in Benton Harbor in Berrien County.
Work includes the complete removal of two I-94 structures over the abandoned Conrail Railroad and the construction of a weave/merge lane between the Napier Avenue entrance ramp and the Pipestone Road exit ramp.
"The two I-94 structures over the abandoned railroad tracks are very old and in need of either removal or replacement," said Southwest Region Engineer Bobbi Welke. "Because the tracks have been abandoned for more than 25 years, it was more cost-effective for MDOT to completely remove the structures and backfill at the two locations. This will save not only in construction costs, but annual maintenance costs as well."
During work, traffic will be shifted and two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained on I-94. During certain stages of construction, traffic may be intermittently reduced to one lane in each direction Tuesdays through Thursdays. The eastbound entrance ramp from Pipestone Road will be closed and detoured during most of the project. The westbound exit ramp from Pipestone Road will be closed and detoured approximately half of the project.
"The construction of the new weave/merge lane will help to improve traffic flow between two busy interchanges," said Paul South, manager of MDOT's Transportation Service Center (TSC) in Coloma.
This $3.6 million project continues a commitment by MDOT and the Granholm administration to create jobs, improve quality of life and provide the highest quality transportation services for Michigan residents and businesses. This work is expected to serve the motoring public for 30 years.
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