JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — Right now traffic is moving smoothly through Interstate 94 in Jackson County, but that’s all about to change.
A massive construction project is starting on Monday, lasting well into late next year.
The crumbling concrete and cramped spaces of I-94 in Jackson will soon be in the rear-view mirror.
“There’s a lot of relief, a lot of excitement,” said Ken Koepke, an assistant construction engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation.
The $100 million project from MDOT reconstructs a nine mile stretch of 94 from M-60 to Sargent Road.
When the orange barrels roll out next week, Koepke says crews will start resurfacing shoulders.
“We’re beefing up those shoulders so we can put traffic on them,” Koepke said.
After that, the project is going into full swing with crews building a new bridge over the Grand River and working on new lanes from West Avenue to Elm Street.
“We’re going to have traffic shifts; we’re going to have various lane configurations. There will be some ramp closures at various intersections,” Koepke said.
The rest picks up next spring, reconstructing the 94-Cooper Street interchange with a new bridge, and roundabouts that welcome drivers to Jackson.
“It’s a vision for a gateway treatment into the community,” Koepke said.
MDOT says detours will be posted and both directions of traffic will always be open.
They hope drivers can see beyond the orange barrels to the finished product on the horizon.
“It will be a lot smoother, a lot less potholes, and it will be an easier on everyone’s commute when we’re done, even if we have a little bit of pain the next two years,” Koepke said.
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