Michigan Department of Transportation

04/08/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/08/2024 10:44

Final year of US-131 rebuilding in Kalamazoo County starts Monday

Fast facts:

  • After rebuilding US-131 from the Rocky River to XY Avenue in 2023, crews this year will rebuild and repave US-131 from XY Avenue to Shaver Road in Schoolcraft.
  • This is the second year of a two-year, $51 million investment funded largely by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Rebuilding Michigan program.
  • This project will provide much needed improvements to the roadway as well as redesign intersections, improving safety.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. ­- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) on Monday, April 15, will start work on the second year of the two-year, $51 million project to rebuild and repave 13.4 miles of US-131 from the Rocky River in Three Rivers, St. Joseph County, to Shaver Road in Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo County. Work this year will pick up at XY Avenue and continue north to Shaver Road.

Work in 2024 includes rebuilding US-131 outside of the village of Schoolcraft and converting the Shaver Road intersection to a Michigan Left for southbound US-131 traffic. The anticipated completion date is Friday, Nov. 8.

Work within the village includes rebuilding the road and sidewalks, curb ramps, and curb and gutter. A left-turn phase will be added to an upgraded traffic signal at Lyons Street, and new pedestrian crossing signals will be installed at Eliza Street.

While traffic will be maintained in each direction throughout the project, there will be directional closures and detours throughout the construction season. While southbound US-131 is being rebuilt, southbound traffic will be detoured on U Avenue, 8th Street, and XY Avenue. During northbound US-131 rebuilding, northbound traffic will be detoured on XY Avenue, Portage Road, and U Avenue.

US-131 will be closed for two weeks while the railroad crossing south of Schoolcraft is rebuilt. During that closure, those same detours will be used for all US-131 traffic.

$35.3 million of this project's funding is made possible by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state's economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improves the condition of the state's infrastructure.