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Tree clearing starts Monday along I-94 in Calhoun County

Fast facts:

  • In advance of the $160 million Rebuilding Michigan investment in I-94 through Battle Creek, MDOT will be clearing trees for the next five weeks.
  • The I-94 rebuilding and repaving project from Helmer Road to 17 1/2 Mile Road will start in mid-March, weather pending, and is expected to be completed in November.
  • The tree clearing work will require intermittent shoulder closures on I-94 between Helmer Road and the Kalamazoo River.

MARSHALL, Mich. ­- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will begin tree clearing along I-94 on Monday, Feb. 6, in Battle Creek, Calhoun County. There will be intermittent shoulder closures along eastbound and westbound I-94 between Helmer Road and the Kalamazoo River bridge, and work is expected to wrap up by Friday, March 10.

This work is the beginning stage of a three-year, $160 million investment in I-94 through Battle Creek. In addition to the rebuilding and repaving of 10 miles of I-94 between Helmer Road and 17 1/2 Mile Road, the project includes rebuilding nine bridges and repairing eight others. Construction is expected to start in March, weather permitting. Most of the work will be completed in 2023 and 2024, but there is some work planned in 2025 to repave the Battle Creek Rest Area parking lot.

The I-94 interchange at Capital Avenue will be rebuilt in 2023, improving safety, traffic flow and I-94 clearance under Capital Avenue.

Funding for this project is made possible by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state's economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improves the condition of the state's infrastructure.

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