LANSING, Mich., Aug. 4, 2022 — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has created a Five-Year Transportation Program (5YTP) that has recently been approved by the State Transportation Commission (STC). This five-year program outlines all planned transportation and infrastructure projects across the state. In his continued goal to hear from Michiganders about what they need most, state Rep. Jim Haadsma (D-Battle Creek) has encouraged Calhoun County residents to share their voices about the MDOT plan.
“The Five-Year Transportation Program is very meaningful for the people of Michigan — it creates an action plan to improve our roads, railways, public transit and other crucial infrastructure,” Haadsma said “I’m very pleased that this plan includes many valuable investments for Calhoun County. Millions of dollars will be dedicated to upgrading our bridges and the local airport, among other developments. Advancements like these illustrate how our region just keeps growing and getting stronger. During the month of August, residents can share their ideas and give feedback on the five-year plan. I’d like to encourage folks in Calhoun County to do so — your voice matters. As always, if residents have questions or need more information on how to participate, please give my office a call.”
Investments for the Battle Creek area include:
- $114.6 million to replace bridges and resurface roads on I-94 from Helmer to 11 Mile Road.
- $2.35 million to replace the Union Street bridge over the Battle Creek River.
- $395,505 for Battle Creek GO (BCGo), a pilot program to expand regional transit.
- $483,240 to improve state-owned rail lines, increase rail safety and allow for faster travel.
- $5.3 million to the Battle Creek airport for taxiway reconstruction and lighting.
Comments from residents can be submitted using the Michigan Transportation Program Portal. Provide your comments by Aug. 31. Additional information on the 5YTP is available at www.Michigan.gov/MDOT5YearProgram.