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Marshall Modernization Project
What is the timeline?
MDOT will begin an Environmental Assessment in 2023 and the project is anticipated to completed by 2026.
Why is MDOT doing this project?
The proposed Marshall Modernization project will improve access to the Ford Blue Oval Battery Park in Marshall by improving safety and operations for I-94, I-69, M-96, and M-311. The interchanges will be further evaluated as part of the Environmental Assessment.
How can I provide input?
There are many ways to provide input. Sign up to receive updates on the Marshall Modernization Study throughout the Environmental Assessment. Additionally, you can provide your input online using the comment form. You can sign up to receive MDOT news and information for MDOT’s Southwest Region.
Will noise impacts be studied as part of the project?
MDOT conducts traffic noise studies on highway projects to understand how a project will impact noise levels for nearby homes, parks, schools, and other locations where activities can be negatively affected by traffic noise. More information on MDOT noise abatement, visit the Noise Abatement page.
Will pedestrian and bicycle improvements be included in the project?
Pedestrian and bicycle improvements will be evaluated during the Environmental Assessment.
How will the Marshall Modernization project be funded?
The $330 million for the road work comes from the Michigan Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve (SOAR) Fund. None of the funding comes from the MDOT budget. In December 2021, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bi-partisan package of bills creating the SOAR Fund, a new appropriation dedicated to supporting two new economic incentive tools, the Critical Industry Support program and the Strategic Site Readiness program. The specific funding for this project came from bipartisan reauthorization signed by Gov. Whitmer in October 2022.
The traffic impact study completed by Calhoun County shows many improvements. Will the study’s recommendations be constructed?
The final design will depend on the project traffic volumes for the Ford BlueOval Battery Park and the outcomes of the Environment Assessment. The traffic volumes used in the traffic impact study were generic to account for multiple types of developments that had shown pervious interest in the Marshall MegaSite. The actual improvements will be determined by the traffic volumes created by Ford’s BlueOval development and the Environmental Assessment.
Is the road alignment shown in the traffic impact study the final alignment that will be constructed?
The road alignment shown in the traffic impact study is not the final alignment. It was drawn to represent potential impacts and needed infrastructure that would be required for a specific development size. The constructed project will be determined through the Environmental Assessment and a traffic impact study completed specifically for the Ford development.