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M-83 Corridor Study

MDOT is conducting a 12-month study to review current and future traffic conditions along the corridor. Study results will help determine the direction of future projects that will help to reduce congestion and improve safety in this busy community.

The I-75/M-83 interchange, as well as the M-83 corridor from I-75 to M-54 (Gera Road), are heavily traveled due to the local shopping destination, area festivals, and the proximity to other heavily traveled interchanges. This feasibility study will provide design alternatives to consider once funding becomes available to address the interchange and the corridor. Projects for this corridor are not programmed in the MDOT Five-Year Transportation Plan but completing this study and reviewing findings will prepare MDOT to move forward quickly once funding becomes available.

Upcoming Public Meetings
Public meeting Dec. 14 to discuss I-75/M-83 corridor study in Birch Run

Provide Your Input

Public and stakeholder input is sought throughout the study. Submit your comments and input via our online comment form, phone, or e-mail.

Jay Reithel, Project Manager

Submit Your Comments

Identify alternatives to reduce congestion and improve safety on Birch Run Road between Gera Road and I-75.

Congestion and safety along M-83 (Birch Run Road) between M-54/M-83 (Gera Road) and I-75 has been an area of concern for the community for some time. Given the area’s thriving shopping destinations, numerous popular events, and festivals, the I-75/M-83 interchange and M-83/Dixie Highway intersection can experience substantial travel delays and occasional safety issues.

This study has begun as a partnership with:

  • Birch Run Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
  • Bridgeport Charter Township
  • Saginaw County Road Commission
  • Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
  • CDM Smith Michigan
  • Village of Birch Run
  • Birch Run Township
  • Village of Birch Run Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
  • Birch Run Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Frankenmuth
  • Saginaw Future

This 12-month study will review current and future traffic conditions along with future development plans to foster a strategy to help address these issues. The study will include public outreach to engage area residents, local governments, visitors, and businesses to ensure that solutions developed are the right ones and have community support.  

Currently, there are no projects planned for the area within MDOTs five-year transportation plan; however, corridor studies like this allow MDOT to act swiftly when funding is identified and to make certain that the right fix addresses the community’s goals and visions.

MDOT is exploring potential design alternatives and operational improvements that will help alleviate congestion at the I-75/M-83 (Birch Run Road) interchange in Birch Run as well as M-83 (Birch Run Road) from Birch Run to Frankenmuth. Currently, the interchange experiences intermittent congestion (especially on weekends) that can cause substantial delays for traffic using the southbound I-75 on ramp as well as on M-83 from Birch Run to Frankenmuth.

The M-83 corridor is approximately 2.1 miles long from the I-75 interchange to M-83/M-54 (Gera Road).

Study Area Location

  • Jay Reithel - MDOT Bay Region Project Manager
  • Brian Stark - MDOT Bay Region
  • Marty Hauck - Village of Birch Run Department of Public Works Foreman
  • Paul T. Moore - Village of Birch Run DDA Director/Village Manager
  • Jason Leidel - Village of Birch Run Chief of Police
  • Pam Moore - Birch Run and Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce Director of Marketing and Events
  • Jerry Preston - Birch Run Area Convention and Visitors Bureau President
  • Bridget Smith - City of Frankenmuth City Manager
  • Cassi Zimmerman - Saginaw Future Inc. Business Development Manager
  • Dan Armentrout - Saginaw County Road Commission Director of Engineering/Deputy Managing Director
  • Demetra Manley - Saginaw Area Transportation Agency Executive Director
  • Steve Katenhus - MDOT Bay City Transportation Service Center (TSC) Manager
  • Donald Matula - MDOT Bay City TSC Cost and Scheduling Engineer
  • Adam Rivard - MDOT Bay City TSC Operations Engineer