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I-94 Road Bridge Rebuilding Project, Jackson County
Start: Summer 2018 End: Spring 2024
Investment: $350 million
Local, national and international trade traffic on I-94 in Jackson has increased substantially since the freeway opened to traffic in 1960. The current corridor is, in part, functionally obsolete and is scheduled to be upgraded to current design standards in the next seven to 10 years. This Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) multi-year project will update this corridor, with the goal to balance safety, mobility, lifecycle costs, aesthetics, and environmental sustainability. All this work includes improvements identified in the I-94 Jackson Freeway Modernization Project study, which included a Record of Decision in March 2007.
What Is Being Done?
This project is broken down into three phases.
Phase 2 (Spring 2021 - Summer 2023)
In this phase, MDOT will rebuild portions of I-94 between the Airport Road interchange and the US-127 south interchange. Other improvements include:
- Rebuilding the I-94/US-127/West Avenue interchange to be a diverging diamond interchange.
- Rebuilding the Lansing Avenue bridge over I-94 to be higher and wider than the current bridge to accommodate the widening of I-94.
- Rebuilding the I-94/Elm Avenue interchange to include roundabouts at the eastbound ramp terminal, the westbound ramp terminal, and the Rosehill Road/Elm Avenue/Seymour Road intersection.
- Installing freeway lighting on I-94 from the Airport Road interchange to east of the Elm Road interchange to improve safety for motorists and first responders. This will include lighting on most ramps within the project limits.
Phase 3 (2022 - 2024)
Work in this phase will include:
- Rebuilding approximately 12.5 miles of freeway from the Jackson/Calhoun County line to M-60.
- Reconfiguring the Michigan Avenue interchange with the addition of roundabouts.
- Reconfiguring the Dearing Road interchange with the addition of roundabouts.
- Preventive maintenance on 10 bridges along the I-94 corridor.
Phase 1 (2018 - 2020) - Completed
- During this first phase, MDOT made the following improvements along I-94:
- Rebuilt 1.4 miles of freeway between Lansing Avenue and Elm Road.
- Resurfaced 3.5 miles between Lansing Avenue and M-60, and 4 miles between Elm Road and Sargent Road.
- Rebuilt the I-94/Cooper Street interchange, built new roundabouts on each side of the new bridge, and rebuilt each of the ramps.
- Replaced the I-94 bridge over the Grand River.
As part of this phase, I-94 was shifted approximately 60 feet south of its current location.
How Traffic Will Be Affected
During work, two lanes will be open in each direction most of the time on I-94, with short-term single-lane closures possible at off-peak times. The Lansing Avenue bridge will be closed and detoured while it is being rebuilt. More information on specific traffic impacts will be provided in spring 2021 through a public meeting and this website.
December 2021 Project Update
November 2021 Project Update
October 2021 Project Update
August 2021 Project Update
July 2021 Project Update
May 2021 Project Update
April 2021 - Traffic Shifts - Project Update
March 2021 - Traffic Shifts - Project Update
Public Meeting FAQs - March 2019
Feb. 2019 Public Meeting Presentation
Preliminary Layout of Lansing Ave Bridge Replacement
Preliminary Layout of I-94/ Elm Rd Interchange Replacement
I-94 Bridge Demolition Video
Diverging Diamond Interchange Concept Video