MDOT announces plans

March 12, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced its plans to invest more than $75 million in 2013 to improve 141 miles of roadways and repair 21 bridges in its Southwest Region.

The region includes St. Joseph County.

The Southwest Region 2013 program will provide approximately $48.4 million for pavement repair and roughly $27 million to upgrade bridges to good condition.

Region Engineer Bobbi Welke said a key project within the 2013 program is construction of the Constantine US-131 bypass, a $40.7 million task using federal transportation funding unspent by other states.

Elsewhere in St. Joseph County, projects include resurfacing M-60/66 in Colon and Leonidas townships; repaving M-86 from Nottawa Street to Shimmel Road in Centreville; and $1.8 million investment to reconstruct M-216, west of US-131 in Flowerfield Township. That project starts Monday and detours are in place.

One local project in Cass County involves M-40 and features a $900,000 investment to repave the north-south route between U.S. 12 and M-60.

M-216 closure

March 5, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced an upcoming closure of M-216 in Flowerfield Township.

Starting March 18, the road will be closed west of the U.S. 131 intersection for reconstruction.

A detour will follow Pulver, Johnson and Flowerfield roads. The roadwork is set to be completed May 31.

Bypass starts today

February 4, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Despite the snow and cold, an $18 million road project is slated to kick off today.

The five-mile, Constantine U.S. 131 bypass is scheduled to begin with attention focusing on construction of a bridge over the St. Joseph River in Constantine Township, about a half mile west of the U.S. 131 bridge in the village of Constantine.

Contractor Hardman Construction is doing the bridge work. Meanwhile, Rieth-Riley and D.J. McQuestion, based in Leroy, are contractors for the other components of the project.

The rest of the project will consist of the roadway west of the current route. The two-lane bypass is expected to be completed by the end of November.

US 131 bypass meeting

January 21, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation will host an open house next week regarding the U.S. 131 Constantine bypass project.

Set to take place next Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Constantine High School, the open house will allow the public to see the latest designs and plans related to the project, which state officials say will begin next month with construction of a bridge over the St. Joseph River west of the current bridge in downtown Constantine.

Representatives from the state agency had originally planned to attend tonight’s regularly scheduled village council meeting, but their only area appearance for now will be at next Monday’s open house instead.

Progress on US 131 bypass

December 24, 2012 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Progress is being made on the long-awaited U.S. 131 bypass around the village of Constantine.

Village President Pat Weiss last week told village council members she attended a Dec. 11 meeting that included about three dozen representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation and a team of representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Weiss said MDOT confirmed it has acquired all the property it needs for the bypass and work on the project is expected to start in early 2013.

A team of MDOT officials is scheduled to attend the council’s Jan. 21 meeting to provide an update and take questions.

MDOT’s five year program

December 21, 2012 by WLKM · Comments Off 

The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on its draft 2013-2017 five-year transportation program.

The draft document includes information about MDOT’s funding picture and a list of specific transportation projects planned for the next five years in each of MDOT’s seven regions. Locations, descriptions and proposed construction years of more than 400 projects may be found through a link at

Comments will be accepted until Jan. 9, and should be directed to Bob Parsons, public involvement and hearings officer, through a link on the agency’s home page.

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