Downtown Kalamazoo Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) Study

MDOT is using the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) process to determine future improvements to downtown Kalamazoo roads for all users. This study will analyze potential operational, geometric and safety improvements, along with potential environmental constraints and impacts. A local advisory group meets with MDOT staff to provide input and share study progress.

Study Area
Stadium Drive (between Howard Street and Michigan Avenue), Michigan Avenue (between Stadium Drive and Kalamazoo Avenue), Kalamazoo Avenue (between Douglas Avenue and Harrison Street), Michikal Street (between Michigan Avenue and Kalamazoo Avenue), Riverview Drive (between Harrison Street and Gull Road), West Main (between Douglas Avenue and Michikal Street), and Douglas Avenue (between West Main Street and Kalamazoo Avenue).

BACKGROUND:
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is using the PEL process to determine future improvements within the downtown Kalamazoo study area: Stadium Drive between Howard Street and Michigan Avenue; Michigan Avenue between Stadium Drive and Kalamazoo Avenue; Kalamazoo Avenue between Douglas Avenue and Harrison Street; Michikal Street between Michigan Avenue and Kalamazoo Avenue; Riverview Drive between Harrison Street and Gull Road; and Douglas Avenue between West Main Street and Kalamazoo Avenue.

The PEL process is a planning tool used to streamline the project development process. It is an approach to transportation decision-making that helps the community consider environmental, historical, cultural, and feasibility issues early in the transportation planning process. MDOT will share a draft document called the "Purpose and Need" to obtain public input that will help shape potential alternatives for addressing the transportation challenges in downtown Kalamazoo.

Residents, business owners and commuters are encouraged to share ideas, suggestions and concerns as part of the planning process. The draft purpose and need was developed based on input from the first public meeting held in April 2016, and will be available for public review and comment begom Oct. 20.

View Draft Purpose and Need Statement

Resources
Introduction to Kalamazoo PEL Study PDF icon
Public Meeting #1 - April 20, 2016 PDF icon
Draft Schedule PDF icon
Kalamazoo PEL Map PDF icon
Downtown Kalamazoo Parking and Mobility Plan
Historical Changes to I-94 BL in Kalamazoo
News Release: Open house on April 20 to discuss future improvements in downtown Kalamazoo
Wriitten Comments - April 2016
Public Meeting #1 - Public Comments - April 20, 2016

Contact
Geralyn Ayers, PEL study manager, Bureau of Development, Environmental Services Section
Phone: 517-373-2227 
Email: ayersg@michigan.gov