In Portage, detour signs point to progress! Safe, quality roads make a critical contribution to a city's economic development and growth and bring about important social benefits.
First-rate roads are important to business owners. When a business is interested in expanding or locating in Portage, having good infrastructure is a great selling point. Keeping roads in a superior condition also stimulates the local economy by providing work for local contractors.
A well-maintained, upgraded road network provides residents with access to jobs, schools, stores, and recreation, as well as social and health services. Furthermore, better roads lead to savings in the way of travel time, gas consumption, and traffic accidents.
We realize that motorists and residents may be disrupted and inconvenienced during construction projects by detours, local road closures, dust, noise, heavy equipment traffic, and increased traffic on surrounding roads. However, when projects are complete, the benefits include reducing costly vehicle repairs caused by inferior roads, the number or severity of accidents, and congestion during peak travel times.
Current City of Portage road construction projects under design and/or construction are shown below. To receive real-time updates about these projects, go to NotifyMe and subscribe to the Road Construction Updates category.
Use the tabs to view current major and local street construction projects and view construction project news releases.
Shaver Road - South City Limits to Vanderbilt Avenue
Prime Contractor: Reith-Riley Construction
Sub-Contractor: Hoffman Bros
Project Cost: $3,569,258
Federal Funding: $1,200,000
Year One Construction: May-June 2023 Year Two Construction: March-June 2024
This project will be constructed over two years. Year one of this project includes barrier free access at all sidewalk crossings including tactile warning surfaces, pavement milling and resurfacing from the south city limits to Oakland Drive and replacement of water main from Oakland Drive to Vanderbilt Avenue. The second year of this project includes pavement milling and asphalt resurfacing.
Status: Shaver Road from Oakland Drive to Vanderbilt Avenue is fully open to both northbound and southbound traffic. Milling and paving of the roadway is scheduled for the 2024 construction season.
2023 Local Street Reconstruction
Contractor: Hoffman Bros
Project Cost: $3,242,645
Initiate Construction: June 2023
Completion: September 2023
(Evergreen Street, Hickory Point Drive, Ridgefield Road, portions of Cypress Street, portions of Kalarama Avenue, portions of Pfitzer Avenue, portions of Radcliffe Avenue, portions of Tattersall Road, Trotwood Street, Westchester Street & Westshire Street) This project includes storm drainage improvements, concrete curb at intersections, barrier free access at all sidewalk crossings including tactile warning surfaces, and pavement milling and asphalt resurfacing. Sidewalks will be installed on portions of Evergreen Street, Ridgefield Road, Tattersall Road and Cypress Street. Water main will also be installed on portions of Cypress Street.
Status: The project has been completed. Punch list items remain.
Other Agency Projects
I-94 Construction in the City of Portage
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is starting year two of a multi-year project for the widening of I-94 from four to six lanes from Lovers Lane to Sprinkle Road in Kalamazoo. The project will include the removal of the Kilgore Road bridge, and a new single-point urban interchange design at Portage Road, similar to the I-94/South Westnedge Avenue interchange.
MDOT ROAD CLOSURE UPDATES: For project details and a map, visit Mi Drive.
A video explaining the project is available on MDOT's YouTube channel.
Sign up for MDOT text or email updates at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDOT/subscriber/new. Subscribe to the "Kalamazoo County" category.