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  • Parking plans finalized for Obama visit Monday

    Posted by TJ Green

    KALAMAZOO--With White House advance teams now working on campus, plans have been finalized for parking for President Barack Obama's Monday, June 7, visit to the community for Kalamazoo Central High School's commencement.

    Obama will speak during a 7 p.m. ceremony in University Arena at Western Michigan University. Doors will open for those holding tickets at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are being distributed by Kalamazoo Public Schools, and no tickets are available for the general public.

    Parking lots surrounding WMU's Lawson Arena and Miller Auditorium will be used for event parking, and shuttle transportation to University Arena will be provided to and from those lots. Event parking lots will include Lots No. 33, 34, 35, 63 and 64. Students and employees may continue to use the event parking lots, as usual.

    Parking lots closed

    Beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, June 7, the following parking lots will be closed, and any cars in these lots will be towed.

    Lots No. 13 and 29 near the Student Recreation Center
    Lots No. 14, 16, 18 and 94 surrounding University Arena
    The top level of Parking Ramp No. 1 (Lot No. 80) near Ellsworth Hall
    Those lots will not be available for either WMU employee or student parking throughout the day or for guest parking for the event.

    A detailed map showing all designated parking locations can be found at maps.pp.wmich.edu/obamavisit.

    University Arena and Rec Center closed Monday

    Read Fieldhouse/University Arena and the Student Recreation Center will be closed all day Monday. A small number of classes in those two buildings will be canceled. Students and faculty affected will be contacted by University officials. No other classes or activities at the University have been canceled.

    Road closures

    Some Monday road closures in the vicinity of University Arena are expected and will be announced when that information is available.

    Additional details about logistics for the Obama visit will be announced through WMU News and area media, as they become available.

  • m-43 to closed east of kalamazoo

    Posted by TJ Green

    M-43 closure schedule announced for pump station reconstruction in Kalamazoo

    May 21, 2010 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has started work to rebuild the pump station along M-43 near the Kalamazoo River in downtown Kalamazoo. This work will require closing M-43 completely to remove and reconstruct the drainage pipes under the roadway.

    A detour will be in place Tuesday, July 6, to Friday, Aug. 6, while M-43 is closed from the I-94 Business Loop (Kings Highway) to East Michigan Avenue for storm sewer and road construction. All work on the $1.7 million project is expected to be completed in August.

    MDOT also has partnered with Kalamazoo on streetscape enhancements in the city's Northside Neighborhood. MDOT will be upgrading six intersections along North Park Street and North Westnedge Avenue. Improvements include bricked crosswalks, increased green space, pedestrian sheltering, pedestrian-level lighting and enhanced scenery.

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    Both lanes of traffic in each direction on M-43 from East Michigan Avenue to King Highway will be closed from mid-June through mid-July during a three-stage project to replace a storm drain and pump station and resurface the road (MDOT).

    Two detour routes will be posted.

    Eastbound traffic on M-43 will be routed onto North Pitcher Street, then to Ransom Street, which turns into Gull Road. Westbound traffic will be detoured onto these same streets.

    A secondary detour sends motorists who might normally take the U.S. 131 Business Loop (North Westnedge Avenue) south to M-43 then east to Gull instead onto East Paterson Street, Riverview Drive then Gull

  • Lane Closures on Westnedge Avenue

    Posted by TJ Green

    There will be lane closures on Westnedge Avenue at I-94 from Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 28, to perform a significant amount of earth work.

    THESE DATES WERE CHANGED: Previously, the closures were scheduled for Monday, May 3, through Friday, May 14 & May 17 through Friday June 4.

    The lane closures will be in place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and traffic will be regulated by a flagging operation. One lane of Westnedge Avenue will be open in each direction during the closures. Engineers will be evaluating the traffic flow on Westnedge during closures for possible schedule adjustments.

    I-94 will not be affected by these closures.

  • Road Projects beginning June 1

    Posted by TJ Green

    Starting June 1, 2010
    There will be single-lane closures on I-94 between Exit 88 near Galesburg, Kalamazoo County, and Exit 110 in Marshall, Calhoun County, for median cable guardrail installation from Tuesday, June 1, through Friday, Oct. 1.
    The median lane (left lane) will be closed for short stretches as the installation is a moving operation. The work will take place at night.

  • Urbandale area

    Posted by Bobby Guy

    Report of a 2 car accident on Helmer at Jackson.  2:30PM 4/29.

  • TRAFFIC LIGHTS OUT

    Posted by Kim Brixton

    THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT 11 MILE RD AND MICHIGAN AVE ARE OUT.

    PLEASE APPROACH THAT INTERSECTION WITH CAUTION AND TREAT IT AS A FOUR-WAY STOP.

     

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  • Cable Guardrails

    Posted by TJ Green

    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be installing median cable guardrail along more than 21 miles of I-94, continuing a safety program that is preventing cross-median crashes and saving lives.

    Installation starts east of 40th Street in eastern Kalamazoo County and extend to Old 27/17 Mile Road in Battle Creek, Calhoun County.
    The project is scheduled for completion in October. Motorists will see some daytime shoulder closures and nighttime lane closures in the project area.

    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will install...

    Median cable guardrail will be installed on US-131 from B Avenue in Kalamazoo County to M-222 (Martin Exit 55) in Allegan County from April 19 to May 3.

    May 3-21, cable guardrail will be installed on I-94 from the Kalamazoo/Van Buren county line to the US-131 interchange in Kalamazoo County.

    Motorists will see some daytime shoulder closures, and alternate routes are advised

  • Road Construction Projects for City of Portage

    Posted by TJ Green

    1. South Westnedge Avenue Enhancement Projects (SWEPS)
     
    In March 2006, engineers contracted by the city began the process of designing the improvements associated with SWEPs. The city hosted an Open House on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at Portage City Hall. The Open House allowed the public to view the preliminary design, ask questions and provide input that will ultimately lead to the best design product. Conceptual plans for areas north of I-94 have been updated to reflect revisions and refinements to the original plan. The final construction plans have been completed and forwarded to the Michigan Department of Transportation for Bidding.

    Construction in 2008 focused on widening South Westnedge Avenue to three travel lanes northbound from Amos Avenue to Old Kilgore Road. Southbound, the roadway was widened to three travel lanes from north of Market Place to the westbound  I-94 on-ramp. The project included new sidewalk on both sides of the street, new concrete driveway approaches, center median construction, and landscaping.  Currently the Michigan Department of transportation has begun the constructo ofI-94 widenng ffrom east of Oakland Drive to west of Portage Road. 

    The current project includes the replacement of the South Westnedge Avenue bridge and the reconstuction of the I-94/South Westnedge Avenue intersection.
     
    The next construction phase of SWEPs is the scheduled widening of an additional northbound through lane from Milham Avenue to Dawnlee Avenue. The current estimated construction date for this phase is 2015-16. The final phase of SWEPs will include the widening of southbound South Westnedge Avenue from Kilgore Road to Trade Centre Way with a 3rd through lane. This phase is currently scheduled to be built in 2016-17.


    2. West Milham Avenue Improvements - Angling Road to 12th Street
     
    The reconstruction of West Milham Avenue from Angling Road to 12th Street is included in the City of Portage 2009-10 Capital Improvement Program Budget. For many years, the Portage City Council has established the improvement of West Milham Avenue from 12th Street to Oakland Drive as a major infrastructure improvement priority. The section of West Milham Avenue from Angling Road to 12th Street is the second phase of this roadway improvement following the completion of the section from Angling Road to Oakland Drive in 2009.
     
    West Milham Avenue from Angling Road to 12th Street is currently a two-lane section of roadway which does not have adequate capacity to handle current traffic volumes. Additionally, the existing pavement is deteriorated and in need of reconstruction. This project will include complete street reconstruction of West Milham Avenue from Angling Road to 12th Street. Features of the roadway improvements include:
     - Sanitary sewer installation(Baywood Avenue to Mcgillicuddy Lane)
     - Storm sewer and drainage structures
     - Concrete curb and gutter
     - Replacement of deteriorated concrete sidewalks
     - Bike lanesConcrete driveway approaches

    West Milham Avenue from Angling Road to 12th Street has been designated a Residential Conservation Corridor and the proposed improvements are intended to preserve and protect the residential character of the neighborhood. The new roadway section will generally consist of the following features:

     - One westbound through lane
     - One eastbound through lane
     - A center optional left-turn lane, bicycle lanes on both sides of the street
     - Concrete sidewalks on both sides of the street
     - Various landscaping improvements
     
    During construction two-way traffic will be maintained on temporary lanes. Driveway access will be restricted during concrete curb and driveway installation.

    The project will be bid in early 2010 and a contractor will be awarded a contract by the Michigan Department of Transportation to construct the project.  Construction typically begins in May with private utility relocations occurring in March or April as weather permits.  The project should be substantially complete (open to traffic) by October, 2010 with final completion scheduled for late fall 2010.
     
    3. I-94 Widening and Reconstruction Project
     
    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is widening I-94 from west of US-131 to east of Oakland Drive. Work includes the reconstruction of the I-94/US-131 and I-94/Oakland Drive interchanges, as well as widening 2.6 miles of I-94 to add one through lane in each direction.
     
    For project details including road closure information, please visit the Michigan Department of Transportation website. You will need to select Kalamazoo County from the drop down box. You may also contact the City of Portage Department of Transportation and Utilities at 329-4422.

  • Oshtemo roads scheduled for repair

    Posted by TJ Green

    Oshtemo roads scheduled for repair

    Nineteen roads in Oshtemo Township will receive repairs this summer, putting asphalt seals on some and replacing whole sections of others.

    The following roads are scheduled for repair:

    •KL Avenue from Almena Drive to Fourth Street, chip seal and replace a piece of road.
    •Fifth Street from West Main Street to H Avenue, chip seal.
    •Second Street from West Main Street to Almena Drive, chip seal.
    •Ramblewood Drive from Torrington Road to H Avenue, chip seal.
    •Rose Arbour Avenue from Ninth Street to just east of Bramble Drive, chip seal.
    •Signal Hill Drive, south of Nightingale Avenue, replace a piece of road.
    •Windrift Avenue, west of Ramblewood Drive, replace a piece of road.
    •Oshtemo Trace, chip sealing and replace of a piece of road.

    The following roads will be chip sealed:

    •Big Rock Drive.
    •Karabrook Court.
    •Countrywood Court.
    •Foxmoor Court.
    •Windcrest Court.
    •Steeplechase Court.
    •Farmwood Court.
    •Hawthorn Valley.
    •Arbor Valley.
    •Oshtemo Court.
    •Upper Valley Trail.

  • I-94 Westndge Project

    Posted by TJ Green

    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has started the second year of a three-year, $45 million project to reconstruct and widen almost 2 miles of I-94 from east of Oakland Drive to east of Lovers Lane in Portage, and rebuild the I-94 interchange at Westnedge Avenue.

    This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

    Throughout construction, all Westnedge Avenue businesses will remain open and accessible via posted detours on Oakland Drive, Portage Road, Milham Road and Kilgore Road.

    "This segment of the I-94 corridor is the vital transportation link between Detroit and Chicago and carries a very high volume of commercial traffic," MDOT Southwest Region Engineer Bobbi Welke said. "Westnedge Avenue is regarded as the center of commercial retail activity for Kalamazoo County in addition to providing the critical arterial route for traffic between Kalamazoo and Portage."

    "These routes are important to the economy of southwest Michigan," Welke said. "This project will add capacity, improve traffic flow and increase motorist safety on both routes."

    In addition to widening I-94 from four to six lanes, the Westnedge Avenue interchange will be redesigned with a more efficient Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) design. The new interchange will require a new traffic signal on Westnedge Avenue, widening about 1,600 feet of Westnedge Avenue to accommodate the new interchange and remove the traffic bottleneck posed by the existing bridge carrying I-94 traffic over South Westnedge Avenue.

    Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction on I-94 throughout the project. Work on the I-94 bridge over the Grand Elk Railroad and Portage Creek will require closing this segment of the Portage Bicentennial Park Trail Way through the fall 2011.

    Eastbound I-94 construction includes new bridges over Westnedge Avenue and the Grand Elk Railroad. Traffic will be shifted onto westbound I-94 lanes, and several ramps in the I-94/Westnedge Avenue interchange will be closed.
    - Westbound I-94 to southbound Westnedge Avenue.
    - Eastbound I-94 to northbound Westnedge Avenue.
    - Eastbound I-94 to southbound Westnedge Avenue.
    - Westnedge Avenue to eastbound I-94.
    - Southbound Portage Road to westbound I-94.

    Detour routes will be signed, and two lanes of traffic will be maintained on Westnedge Avenue, except for a few short-duration lane closures to remove the existing bridge beams and place new beams.

    Half of the project will be complete and reopened to traffic by mid-November. Eastbound traffic will be shifted onto the newly completed eastbound I-94 roadway for the winter months. Because of the partially completed interchange at I-94 and Westnedge Avenue, some ramps still will be closed.
    - Eastbound I-94 to northbound Westnedge Avenue.
    - Southbound Westnedge Avenue to eastbound I-94.

  • M-43 pump station reconstruction and Kalamazoo Northside streetscaping getting underway

    Posted by TJ Green

    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has started work to repave about one-fifth of a mile of M-43 and rebuild a pump station along the Kalamazoo River in downtown Kalamazoo.

    While some work already has started, a detour will be in place mid-June to mid-July while M-43 is closed from the I-94 Business Loop (Kings Highway) to East Michigan Avenue for storm sewer and road construction. All work on the $1.7 million project is expected to be completed in mid-August.

    MDOT also will be partnering with the city on streetscape enhancements in the Northside Neighborhood through a $440,000 Transportation Enhancement grant. MDOT will be upgrading six intersections along North Park Street and North Westnedge Avenue. Improvements will include bricked crosswalks, increased green space, pedestrian sheltering, pedestrian level lighting and enhanced scenery.