September 24, 1998
Rationalization of road jurisdiction to improve service to motorists
Governor John Engler announced today that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and 12 cities and county road commissions have agreed to transfer 120 miles of local roads to the state.
Calhoun County will turn over almost 40 miles and Marquette County almost 30 miles. The state will also assume responsibility for some roads in Allegan, Barry, Newaygo, and Mecosta counties. Cities transferring roads are Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Marshall, White Cloud, Albion and Springfield.
The 12 road agencies agreed that the particular roads have regional and statewide significance and therefore have been selected for transfer. These routes will become part of the state highway system on October 1.
"A primary goal of the rationalization process is to develop a state road system that will serve as the commercial backbone of Michigan's economy," said Governor Engler. "With MDOT having responsibility for the high-volume, commercially significant routes across Michigan, the counties and cities will be better equipped to provide the appropriate attention and resources to those local roads providing direct access to homes and property."
"These roads will now be monitored under a pilot study that will give us the opportunity to address some of the unanswered questions raised early in the process by local governments," said James DeSana, Director of MDOT. "This pilot will give us an objective technical framework for evaluating roads to be included on the commercial backbone system once legislative changes can be made," DeSana said.
The City of Kalamazoo was the first jurisdiction to agree to a road transfer. Over three miles of South Westnedge Avenue have been transferred. This is a road on the National Highway System and clearly functions as a state trunkline. Part of the agreement includes MDOT financing improvements to the road during the 1998 construction season.
Other highlights include the Marquette County transfer of County Roads 553, 460,462 and a soon to be constructed County Road 460/462 connector that have regional and statewide significance. County Roads 460 and 462, along with the proposed connector, provide a major east/west route across K.I. Sawyer Airport between US-41 and County Road 553.
"I am very pleased that we were able to come to these agreements," said DeSana. "The rationalization of Michigan's highway system provides a unique opportunity for all road agencies to assess their systems and determine appropriate responsibility. These negotiated agreements balance statewide economic interests against the jurisdictional concerns of local road authorities."
The cities and counties will continue to perform routine maintenance on these road segments under existing contracts. Additionally, MDOT will transfer jurisdiction of over 24 miles of M-20 (12 miles from the east city limits of White Cloud to the east county line and 12 miles from the east city limits of Freemont to the west city limits of White Cloud) to Newago County. The list of transferred roads is below.
ROADS TRANSFERRED TO MDOT - October 1998
Allegan County (6.1 miles)
• County Road A-42, 129th Avenue, from the US-131 southbound on/off ramp east to the county line.
Barry County (10.9 miles)
• County Road A-42, Chief Noonday Road, from the west county line east to M-43.
Calhoun County (39.3 miles)
• N. Raymond Road from I-94 Business Loop to E. Emmett Street
-- E. Emmett Street from N. Raymond Road to Cooper Avenue
-- Cooper Avenue from E. Emmett Street to N Drive N
-- N Drive N from Cooper Avenue to 11 Mile Road
-- 11 Mile Road from N Drive N to M-60
-- Beadle Lake Road from Columbia Avenue to the eastbound I-94 ramp
-- E. Michigan Avenue from the eastbound I-94 ramp to the southbound I-69 ramp pair
-- 26 Mile Road from the westbound I-94 ramp pair to 25 Mile Road
-- 25 Mile Road from 26 Mile Road to W. Michigan Avenue
-- W. Michigan Avenue from 25 Mile Road to 27 Mile Road
-- E. Columbia Avenue from I-194 to I-94 Business Loop
-- F Drive S from the I-69 ramps to Old US-27 South
-- Old US-27 South from F Drive to A Drive N
Marquette County (29.4 miles)
• County Road 553, County Road 460, and County Road 462 including the cross base surface roads that will be reconstructed to form an all-season connector between County Road 460 and County Road 462.
Mecosta County (4.0 miles)
• 8 Mile Road from the west county line to 200th Avenue.
Newaygo County (12.6 miles)
• Base Line Road/Newcosta Avenue from the east city limits of White Cloud to the east county line.
City of Albion (1.1 miles)
• Austin Avenue from 27 Mile Road to I-94 Business Loop.
City of Battle Creek (7.2 miles)
• W. Columbia Avenue from I-94 Business Loop to Capital Avenue, E. Columbia Avenue from Capital Avenue to I-194, S. Bedford Avenue from M-37/M-89 to Harmonia Road, Helmer Road from Goguac Street to Columbia.
City of Kalamazoo (4.7 miles)
• South Westnedge Avenue from the south city limits at Kilgore Road north to Michigan Avenue.
• South Park Street from South Westnedge Avenue north to Michigan Avenue.
City of Marshall (1.6 miles)
• Kalamazoo Avenue from Hughes Street to Industrial Road, Industrial Road from Kalamazoo Avenue to West Drive, and West Drive from Industrial Road to westbound I-94 Business Loop.
City of Springfield (1.5 miles)
• Helmer Road from Harmonia Road to Goguac Street.
City of White Cloud (1.1 miles)
• Wilcox Road, Morgan Road, Pine Hill Road and Base Line Road, from M-37 to the east city limits.