I-94 rebuilding project from Puetz Road to Britain Avenue, Berrien County
Start: December 2019 End: November 2023
What Is Being Done?
The Michigan Department of Transportation is planning a three-year project to rebuild I-94 from west of the I-94 Business Loop (BL)/Red Arrow Highway interchange to Britain Avenue. This project will be made possible by the Rebuilding Michigan bond program and combines several projects for efficiency and cost savings.
MDOT has produced a YouTube video explaining the project.
This section of I-94 is a six-lane divided freeway with an annual average daily traffic volume of 63,000 vehicles. This project will rebuild approximately 11 miles of freeway, replace four bridges, and repair seven additional bridges. The total investment for this project is estimated to be more than $153 million. Maintenance work to prepare for the main project will occur in 2022, while major rebuilding will take place in 2023 and 2024.
Work on I-94 will replace the aging pavement. There also will be improvements to drainage, and signs and guardrail will be replaced. In addition, an auxiliary lane will be added on eastbound I-94 connecting the Pipestone Road and Napier Avenue interchanges.
All ramps at the I-94 BL, M-63, and Pipestone Road interchanges will be rebuilt. A new ramp will be added to carry northbound M-63 traffic to eastbound I-94, eliminating the need for northbound M-63 traffic to make a left turn onto the existing loop ramp. The ramps at the M-139 and Napier Avenue interchanges will be repaved.
Minor repairs will be made to the carpool lot on M-139, while the carpool lot at I-94 BL will be resurfaced and expanded to accommodate more vehicles.
Several bridges along the corridor will be worked on during this project. The I-94 bridges over Pipestone Road and I-94 BL will be rebuilt.
The I-94 bridges over Lincoln Avenue, the CSX railroad and the St. Joseph River will be repaired, as will the Washington Avenue bridge over I-94. Additionally, a large culvert carrying the Yore-Stauffer drain, located near Pipestone Road, will be replaced.
How Traffic Will Be Affected:
Extended ramp closures will occur during interchange and bridge rebuilding. Detour routes and the duration of ramp closures at the I-94 BL/Red Arrow Highway (Exit 23), M-63 (Exit 27), Pipestone Road (Exit 29), and Napier Avenue (Exit 30) interchanges will be determined during design. Drivers can expect two lanes of I-94 to be open in each direction during the project.
Wider bridge shoulders and flatter ramps are expected to reduce crashes at the interchange. A new ramp will be added for northbound M-63 traffic heading for eastbound I-94, eliminating the existing left turn for northbound M-63.
Sarah Fedders, P.E.
MDOT Project Manager