With the stroke of a pen, with Governor Gretchen Whitmer's signature, Kalamazoo's Miller Road will get a much needed upgrade between Emerald Drive on the west and Sprinkle Road on the east.

Miller Road is a "major east-west roadway in the city of Kalamazoo, serving several large industrial developments and providing access (via Sprinkle Road) to I-94, I-94 Business Loop, M-96, and M-43." According to an MDOT release, "years of heavy industrial and commercial use have contributed to the deterioration of the roadway and the pavement is nearing the end of its operational life."

The rebuild will include new curbs, and ADA ramps at intersections.

"From day one, I've been clear that we need to invest more in our state's roads. Today, I'm proud to announce a transportation economic development grant that will help the City of Kalamazoo rebuild an important corridor in the community. Road projects like this connect workers to jobs and provide important links for our communities. We must do more to fix our roads and I stand ready to work with anyone willing to get the job done." - Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

The governor's signature was needed for the $375,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation's Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category F grant to the City of Kalamazoo.

The city of Kalamazoo is expected to kick in an additional $400,000, with the totaling approximately $775,000.

No dates have been set for the project to being nor its length.

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