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Cass not part of MDOT pie

Published 11:21pm Wednesday, February 22, 2012

LANSING — Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be investing $84.7 million to improve 162 miles of roadway and 33 bridges in the MDOT Southwest Region in 2012.
The southwest region is composed of nine counties, including Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren.
The 2012 program will provide approximately $66.7 million for pavement repair and roughly $18 million to repair bridges.
“Improving transportation infrastructure benefits motorists and communities, making roadways safer and more reliable, as well as encouraging economic growth and development,” said Bobbi Welke, an MDOT engineer. The following “high-impact projects” are scheduled for 2012:
Allegan County
• M-89: An $11 million investment to rebuild more than 2 miles of M-89 from 12th Street to Hicks Avenue in Plainwell, including rebuilding and repairing bridges over the Kalamazoo River mill race and US-131.
• I-196: A $13 million investment to rebuild more than 9 miles of northbound I-196 from 130th Avenue to U.S. 31 near Saugatuck and Holland.
Barry County
• M-43 and M-37: A $5 million investment to repave and rebuild almost 2 miles of M-43 and M-37 from Hanover Street to the north city limits in Hastings, including repairing the bridge over the Thornapple River.
Berrien County
• M-63: A $1 million investment to repair the M-63 bridge over I-94 in St. Joseph Township.
Branch County
• I-69: An $882,000 investment to repair the Jonesville Road bridge over I-69 in Coldwater.
Kalamazoo County
• M-331: A $1.3 million investment to replace the M-331 (Park Street) bridge over Axtel Creek in Kalamazoo.


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  • MiltonSupervisor

    With all due respect to the writer of this article, but MDOT has at least one major project in Cass County this year.

    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will begin construction on US-12 from M-60 (Milton Township, Cass County) to the west limits of Edwardsburg in 2012. The purpose of the project is to rehabilitate the deteriorating pavement surface. Additionally, the project will include shoulder widening, intersection safety improvements, guardrail improvements, signage updates, and some drainage improvements. Construction of the approximately $7 million project is scheduled to start May 7, 2012 and be completed by October 2012. The project will be started by closing a single lane and maintaining two-way traffic using flag control. The closures will be during daytime working hours only and will not exceed one (1) mile in length. Multiple work zones may be operating simultaneously to expedite the construction, but will be a minimum of three (3) miles apart. Additional staging will be required at intersections. A public hearing/Open House on this project is scheduled for March 7th 3pm-6pm at the Milton Township Hall located at 32097 Bertrand St., Niles, MI 49120.
    Robert Benjamin, Supervisor
    Milton Township
    (269) 684-7262

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