I-94 BL reconstruction in Battle Creek starts Monday

Contact: Nick Schirripa, MDOT Office of Communications,
 schirripan@michigan.gov
269-337-3927
Agency: Transportation

Fast Facts:
- I-94 BL bridge reconstruction starts May 4. I-94 Exit 92 will have posted detours using exits 88 and 98 from July 11 through Sept. 3.
- I-94 BL/Martin Luther King Boulevard will be removed between Hill Brady Road and M-96.
- The new I-94 BL in Battle Creek will include segments of Columbia Avenue and Helmer Road.

April 20, 2015 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will start construction on Monday, May 4, on the new I-94 Business Loop (BL) bridge over I-94 and ramps at Exit 92 in Battle Creek. The $14 million investment includes repaving the business loop from I-94 to Hill Brady Road and a portion of M-96 (Dickman Road) in the divided section. Construction is expected to be completed by Nov. 15.

The new I-94 BL will include portions of Columbia Avenue and Helmer Road. The segment of Columbia Avenue from the split with Martin Luther King Boulevard/Skyline Drive to Helmer Road will be maintained by MDOT, while the segment of Martin Luther King Boulevard/Skyline Drive from the split at Columbia Avenue to Hill Brady Road will be maintained by the City of Battle Creek. The section of I-94 BL from Hill Brady Road to M-96 (Dickman Road) will be removed in order to accommodate expanding munitions storage at the adjacent military installation.

During construction, two lanes of I-94 will be open in each direction during the day, with intermittent nighttime lane closures. Columbia Avenue, M-37 and M-96 traffic will be maintained via lane shifts and flag control.

During bridge reconstruction from July 11 through Sept. 3, eastbound I-94 traffic to northbound I-94 BL/Columbia Avenue, and westbound I-94 traffic to southbound I-94 BL/Columbia Avenue (Exit 92) will be detoured to 40th Street (Exit 88) and M-66 (Exit 98). Motorists should expect intermittent closures at other interchanges as needed for ramp construction.

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