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Public meeting Wednesday for future M-139 and Main Street improvements in Benton Harbor

COLOMA, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) invites the public to attend a meeting to discuss a planned 2026 project to repave and rebuild M-139 from near the St. Joseph River to I-94 Business Loop (BL) (Main Street) in Benton Charter and Sodus townships and the city of Benton Harbor, as well as I-94 BL from Fair Avenue to Butternut Street in Benton Harbor. Proposed work includes improvements to pavement condition, safety, drainage, and public utilities on 4.4 miles of state highway. 

Community stakeholders
Local businesses
Interested residents
MDOT staff and contractors             

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
4 - 6 p.m.
There will be formal presentations of the proposal at 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Benton Charter Township Hall
1725 Territorial Road, Suite B
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Accommodations can be made for persons who require mobility, visual, hearing, written, or other assistance for participation. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers are available upon request. Please contact Orlando Curry at 517-241-7462 or complete Form 2658 for American Sign Language (ASL) located on the Title VI webpage: Requests should be made at least five days prior to the meeting date. Reasonable efforts will be made to provide the requested accommodation or an effective alternative, but accommodations may not be guaranteed.

Project information:
MDOT plans to rehabilitate M-139 from 2,300 feet south of I-94 to I-94 BL, I-94 BL from Fair Avenue to Butternut Street. The entire project length is about 4.4 miles. The section of M-139 from south of I-94 to the split north of Empire Avenue will be repaved and retain its existing primarily five-lane configuration. North of Empire Avenue, the existing divided one-way roadways of Fair Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive are being evaluated for potential changes, and it’s anticipated Martin Luther King Drive will be repaved, and Fair Avenue will be rebuilt.

The public meeting is designed to discuss these potential improvements and changes with the community. Work is tentatively planned to begin in 2026.

An online feedback form is available for the submission of suggestions and comments.

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