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Major I-94 construction project starts Monday in Jackson Co.

striped safety cones on a road
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Road construction along I94 in Jackson County, Michigan (file photo)

A massive $110 million road construction project kicks off Monday on a nine mile stretch of I-94 in the Jackson area.

The Michigan Department of Transportation plans to reconstruct1.4 miles of freeway between Lansing Avenue and Elm Road, resurface 3.5 miles between Lansing Avenue and M-60, and resurface four miles between Elm Road and Sargent Road.

There are also plans to redesign the I-94/Cooper Street interchange and replace a bridge that runs over the Grand River.

During construction, MDOT says it plans to keep two lanes of traffic open in each direction for most of the time. There could also be some single-lane closures during off-peak hours.

The current project is the first in a series to update and imporve I-94. It's expected to last through the 2019 construction season.

MDOT says the Jackson area gets much more state, national and international trade traffic than it did when the freeway first opened to traffic nearly 60 years ago.

Rebecca Kruth is the host of All Things Considered at Michigan Public. She also co-hosts Michigan Public's weekly language podcast That’s What They Say with English professor Anne Curzan.
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