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I-94 road & bridge rebuilding project - Jackson County

About this project 

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. All this work includes improvements identified in the I-94 Jackson Freeway Modernization Project study, which included a Record of Decision in March 2007. 

This project is broken down into three phases.


Project details

Summer 2018 - Spring 2025

Jackson County

Increased safety & mobility
Improved lifecycle costs
Environmental sustainability

$350 million

Jackson TSC

  Traffic impacts

  • Two lanes open in each direction most of the time on I-94, with short-term single-lane closures possible at off-peak times.
  • Expect single-lane closures on I-94 between M-99 and M-60 weekly from 9 a.m. Monday through 3 p.m. Friday, and from 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturdays during the construction season.

Project Phases

  • 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.
  • 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.

Additional information

This work is part of 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. View the Rebuilding Michigan project profiles for I-94 Jackson County and I-94 West Jackson.