Construction Projects

In Portage, detour signs point to progress! Safe, quality roads make a critical contribution to a city's economic development and growth and bring about important social benefits. 

First-rate roads are important to business owners. When a business is interested in expanding or locating in Portage, having good infrastructure is a great selling point. Keeping roads in a superior condition also stimulates the local economy by providing work for local contractors.

A well-maintained, upgraded road network provides residents with access to jobs, schools, stores, and recreation, as well as social and health services. Furthermore, better roads lead to savings in the way of travel time, gas consumption, and traffic accidents.

We realize that motorists and residents may be disrupted and inconvenienced during construction projects by detours, local road closures, dust, noise, heavy equipment traffic, and increased traffic on surrounding roads. However, when projects are complete, the benefits include reducing costly vehicle repairs caused by inferior roads, the number or severity of accidents, and congestion during peak travel times. 

Current City of Portage road construction projects under design and/or construction are shown below. To receive real-time updates about these projects, go to NotifyMe and subscribe to the Road Construction Updates category.

Use the tabs to view current major and local street construction projects and view construction project news releases.

Local Street Reconstruction - 2022 reconstruction has been postponed until 2023

  1. Major Street Reconstruction
  2. Construction Project News Releases

Shuman Rainey Well Inspection   The project includes cleaning, inspecting and rehabilitation of the Shuman well.

Contractor:  Layne
Engineer:  City staff
Total Cost:  $236,200

Initiate Inspection:  December 2022

West Osterhout Sanitary Sewer Lift Station Rehabilitation.  The project includes the rehabilitation of the existing wet well, construction of a valve vault, replacement of all internal components, installation of an emergency generator and site improvements.

Contractor:  Balkema Excavating
Engineer:  Abonmarche
Total Cost:  $976,000

Projected Start Date:  March 2023
Expected Completion Date:  August 2023

Other Agency Projects

I-94 Construction in the City of Portage

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is starting year two of a multi-year project for the widening of I-94 from four to six lanes from Lovers Lane to Sprinkle Road in Kalamazoo.  The project will include the removal of the Kilgore Road bridge, and a new single-point urban interchange design at Portage Road, similar to the I-94/South Westnedge Avenue interchange.  In 2022, two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction on eastbound I-94 while the westbound lanes are rebuilt.  The detour route for the westbound I-94 ramp to Portage Road is the I-94 Business Loop, exit 81, Sprinkle Road, and Cork Street.  The expected 2022 construction period is April through December.

2022 MDOT ROAD CLOSURE UPDATES:  For project details and a map, visit Mi Drive.

A video explaining the project is available on MDOT's YouTube channel.

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