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Work starts Thursday night to shift traffic onto westbound I-94 lanes in Kalamazoo

Fast facts:

  • Thursday marks the next step of MDOT’s project to widen I-94 to six lanes between Lovers Lane and Sprinkle Road and rebuild the Portage Road interchange.
  • The $87 million investment has faced several delays but is on track for completion later this summer.
  • This project connects several I-94 expansion projects from west of US-131 to Sprinkle Road completed since 2008.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. ­- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will begin Thursday to shift traffic onto the newly built westbound I-94 from Sprinkle Road to Lovers Lane in Kalamazoo. There will be a single-lane closure on westbound I-94 at Sprinkle Road from 9 p.m. Thursday, June 15, through 6 a.m. Friday, June 16, to complete the traffic shift.

After the shift is complete, there will be two lanes open in each direction as crews continue work on the $87 million I-94 expansion project. Contractors are anticipating the new Portage Road interchange and all lanes of I-94 between Sprinkle Road and Lovers Lane in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, to be open to traffic in early August.

Work will continue on the new westbound ramps at Portage Road. There remains some paving work, sidewalk installation, and curb and gutter work on Portage Road. Kilgore Road finishing touches include driveway connections and signal work.

The new Portage Road interchange will be a single-point urban interchange (SPUI), which requires all of those facets of the project to be completed and connected at the same time, tying together I-94, Portage Road, the newly aligned Kilgore Road, and the interchange ramps.

Until work is completed, motorists can expect two lanes of traffic open in each direction on I-94, and one lane open in each direction on Portage Road. The westbound on and off ramps at Portage Road will remain closed until the project is completed.

For project updates and maps, please visit Mi Drive.

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