Construction Projects


The Department of Transportation & Utilities is responsible for planning, engineering and construction of public infrastructure projects in Portage. The city also coordinates with the Michigan Department of Transportation for projects involving Interstate 94 and US-131 and with the Kalamazoo County Road Commission on county road projects. 

South Westnedge Avenue - Mall Drive to Dawnlee Avenue
Description:  Asphalt milling and repaving with replacement of existing cast iron water main with new ductile iron water main, fire hydrants and water services.  The project also includes the replacement of the Milham Avenue/South Westnedge Avenue traffic signal along with sidewalk improvements to meet ADA requirements.
Cost:  $2,400,000
Status:  Bids received, awaiting MDOT award.
Anticipated Start Date:  May 4, 2015
Anticipated Completion:  August 2015 

Progress Updates for South Westnedge Avenue
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - The contractor is making progress with the water main installation and continues to move northward.  It is currently estimated that they will be installing approximately 200 feet per day, weather permitting.  Motorists are advised to avoid blocking business drives when traversing the construction area.

West Osterhout Avenue Resurfacing Project  
Description:  Widening of bike lanes, replacement of railroad crossing and pavement resurfacing.  Also, included in the project is the installation of sanitary sewer main on West Osterhout Avenue from Lloy Street to South Westnedge Avenue. 
Cost:  $1,200,000
Status:  Awaiting MDOT bid.
Anticipated Start Date:  July 2015
Anticipated Completion:  October 2015

Pine View Drive Sanitary Sewer Project
Installation of sanitary sewer main and resurfacing on Pine View Drive from Chaucer Street to Bacon Road. 
Cost:  $300,000
Status:  Under Design.
Anticipated Start Date:  July 2015
Anticipated Completion:  September 2015

Oakland Drive - I-94 to West Kilgore Road
Description:  Asphalt milling and paving with sidewalk improvements for ADA requirements with minor widening to accommodate non-motorized transportation.
Cost:  $646,000
Status:  Contract awarded to Michigan Paving & Materials.
Anticipated Start Date:  April 27, 2015
Anticipated Completion:  June 2015

2014/2015 Local Street Reconstruction
Description:  Reconstruction of selected local streets (listed below) which includes removal and replacement of new asphalt surface and sidewalk and curb repairs as needed.
Estimated Cost:  $992,069.26
Status:  Complete for 2014 season.
Start Date:  To start up again in spring of 2015
Anticipated Completion Date:  June 2015

2014/2015 List of Streets for Reconstruction
Fairfield Road, Evans to east end - Spring 2015
Bender Road, Evans to east end - Spring 2015
Evans Street, Indian to Fairfield - Spring 2015
Indian Road, Evans to east end - Spring 2015
Cherryview Drive, Westnedge to Oakview - Spring 2015
Oakview Drive, Westnedge to Cedarview - Spring 2015
Cedarview Drive, Oakview to south end - Spring 2015
Elmview Drive, Oakview to east end - Spring 2015
Schoolview Drive, Cherryview to south end - Spring 2015
Hickoryview Drive, Oakview to east end - Spring 2015
Orangeview Drive, Cherryview to Cedarview - Spring 2015
Roseview Drive, Oakview to End - Spring 2015
Shuman Street, Rolling Hill to Beethoven - Completed
Tall Trees Avenue, Shuman to End - Completed
Fox Crossing Drive, Chestnut Ridge to Tall Trees - Completed
Chestnut Ridge Avenue, Shuman to End - Completed
Dogwood Drive, 1525 to 1130 - Spring 2015
Schuur Street, 10735 to north end - Completed
Sugarloaf, Shaver to Schuur - Completed
Mapleview, Shaver to Schuur - Completed
Holly, Schuur to End - Completed
Ruth, Westnedge to Naomi - Completed
Naomi, Della to Ruth - Completed
Della, S. Westnedge to Naomi - Completed