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I-94 rebuilding project in Berrien County starts in early March

Fast facts:

  • Work to rebuild 8.5 miles of I-94 and four bridges, as well as repair nine other bridges, between Puetz Road and Britain Avenue in Berrien County begins in early March.
  • The three-year, $204 million investment is funded in part by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan program.
  • This year's work will be from Puetz Road to Washington Avenue. Work in 2025 and 2026 will be from Washington Avenue to Britain Avenue.

COLOMA, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is set to begin in early March, rebuilding 8.5 miles of I-94 and four bridges, as well as repairing nine other bridges, between Puetz Road in Stevensville and Britain Avenue in Benton Township, Berrien County. Weather pending, work may start as early as March 4.

This year's work will consist of rebuilding eastbound and westbound I-94 from Puetz Road, west of Red Arrow Highway Exit 23, to Washington Avenue, including bridges over Red Arrow Highway at Exit 23. There will be two lanes of I-94 open in each direction throughout the season. While westbound I-94 and the westbound bridge over Red Arrow Highway are being rebuilt from March through July, the westbound Exit 23 ramps will be closed and detoured on John Beers Road and Red Arrow Highway. From July to December, the eastbound lanes and bridge will rebuilt, closing the eastbound Exit 23 ramps. Detour routes will be announced as work progresses. Other 2024 work includes drainage, sound abatement barriers, and culverts between Washington Avenue and Puetz Road.

Work in 2025 includes rebuilding westbound I-94 from Washington Avenue to Empire Avenue and the westbound I-94 bridge over Pipestone Road. There will be two lanes of I-94 open in each direction, and Pipestone Road traffic will be detoured on M-139 and Napier Avenue.

Traffic will move to the newly built westbound I-94 lanes in 2026, and the eastbound lanes and bridge over Pipestone Road will be rebuilt.

Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 2,911 jobs.

Funding for this three-year, $205 million investment 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 improve the condition of the state's infrastructure.

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