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Blue Water Bridge Aesthetic Design Guide

Port Huron, MI

Billions of dollars of trade pass through crossings in Michigan to and from Canada each year. At the Blue Water Bridge crossing, increases in wait time and new improved security measures require a redesign of the plaza and highway approach in the... more

Bulbouts in Birmingham, MI

Bulbouts in Birmingham, MI

Birmingham, MI

Birmingham has added sidewalk extensions to many of its street corners, some of which include landscaping and small planters.

Detroit River International Crossing

Detroit, MI

Trade between the United States and Canada in the year 2000 was $243 billion (U.S.). This is larger than the total U.S. trade with Japan. Over $1 billion in trade crosses the U.S –Canadian border each day. The majority of the border trade... more

MSU Central Campus

Farm Lane Underpasses

East Lansing, MI (Started 2007, Completed 2009)

Eliminating the current at-grade railroad crossings on Farm Lane will increase safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, and decrease response times for emergency vehicles. More than 1 million rail cars travel through this region each... more

Houghton Streetscape and Brick Street Re-Installation

Houghton, MI (Started 2007, Completed 2009)

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Ishpeming Transportation Service Center (TSC) and its partners took an innovative approach on the US-41 Houghton, Michigan, downtown streetscape project by, among other things, actually drawing... more

I-696: Three Pedestrian Plazas Over Freeway

These three pedestrian plazas are located in the cities of Oak Park and Southfield in Oakland County. The area includes a mix of residential, community, and commercial properties.

The purpose of the pedestrian plazas is to maintain... more

I-69 Scenic Corridor Management Study

(Completed 2004-10)

The study area encompassed approximately 47 miles of I-69 that passes through Branch and Calhoun counties. Landscapes within this corridor represent a variety of natural and built landscapes including active and fallow farmland, residential... more

I-94/ US-24: Reconstruction and Tied Arch Bridge

Taylor, MI

The project location was I-94 from Beech Daly Road to Pelham Road and US-24 from Van Born Road to Ecorse Road in Wayne County.

The project involved reconstructing a portion of I-94 and US-24 in the city of Taylor. An additional... more

I-96 at 36th Street: New Interchange

Grand Rapids, MI (Started 2005, Completed 2006)

The project will include constructing a new interchange on I-96 at 36th Street. Currently, the Kent County Road Commission is nearing completion of the extension of 36th Street. The interchange will tie into this extension. Upon completion, this new... more

I-96 BL (Grand River Avenue) Roadway Rehabilitation

Howell, MI

The project location was I-96BL (Grand River) from M-59 to Grand Oaks Drive in Genoa, Oceola, and Howell Townships and the City of Howell, Livingston County.

The project involved a milling and resurfacing, construction of a center... more

Intersection: Brighton, Michigan

Intersection: Brighton, Michigan

Brighton, MI

Large intersection with medians, pork chop islands. New design reduced crashes 60%.

Intersection: Holland, Michigan

Intersection: Holland, Michigan

Holland, MI

This shopping street joins and crosses an arterial, and honors pedestrian movements.

M-119: Special Guardrail

Harbor Springs, MI (Started 2002-12, Completed 2003)

M-119 is located in Emmet County, north of Harbor Springs and adjacent to Lake Michigan. The road meanders along the shoreline offering the traveler spectacular views of the lake and the Beaver Island archipelago.

The purpose of... more

M-22: Crystal River Bridge Replacement

Glen Arbor, MI (Started 2003)

The new bridge is located in Glen Arbor and spans the Crystal River in Leelanau County. Tourists are attracted to the natural beauty of Glen Arbor and the surrounding area.

This project involved removing and replacing the M-22 bridge... more

M-25 Harbor Beach: Road Rehabilitation and Streetscape

Harbor Beach, MI (Started 2004-04, Completed 2004-10)

Harbor Beach is located at M-25 and M-142 along Lake Huron in Huron County. The 1.4 mile project along M-25/Huron Street from the south to the north city limits and on M-142/State Street from Third Street consisted of roadway replacement and... more

M-25: White Rock Motorist Park

White Rock Motorist Park is located along Lake Huron off M-25 in Huron County. The park preserves the natural character of the site and enhances the travel experience. Components of the motorist park include a picnic area, restroom... more

M-32 Alpena: Future Widening

Alpena, MI (Started 2004)

The project location is M-32 from Lake Winyah Road east to just east of Bagley Street in the city of Alpena in Alpena County.

The project will involve widening M-32 in the commercial area west of the Alpena city limits. The... more

M-36 Pinckney: Streetscape

Pickney, MI (Completed 2004)

Pickney is situated in southwestern Livingston County. The project location was M-36 from Dexter/Pinckney Road to the west village limits.

The project involved streetscaping downtown Pinckney, milling and resurfacing the existing... more

M-45: Resurfacing, Rehabilitation and Widening

Grand Rapids, MI

The project is located in the cities of Grand Rapids and Walker in Kent County on M-45 from 100 feet east of Manzana Drive easterly to 25 feet west of Fulton Street.

This project included approximately three miles of HMA cold... more

M-52 Morenci: Gateway to Michigan

Morenci, MI (Completed 2004-10)

The city of Morenci is located In Lenawee County just north of the Ohio border.

Morenci is very proud to bill itself as the southernmost community and the friendliest gateway in Michigan. The sign and associated landscaping create a... more

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