Improvement Project on Kilgore Road Scheduled to Start on June 8

Published on June 07, 2022

Project will include a repaved road surface and improvements to bike lanes, sidewalk ramps, and stormwater flow

A project to improve Kilgore Road between Oakland Drive and Westnedge Avenue is scheduled to start on Wednesday, June 8.

The project will include milling and resurfacing with new asphalt, narrowing vehicle lanes, and widening bike lanes. The bike lanes will also be extended from Oakland Drive to just before the Westnedge Avenue intersection. Curbs will be repaired, and sidewalk ramps will be upgraded to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. In addition, structural adjustments will be made to level the roadway surface and improve stormwater flow.

This work will require a westbound detour for a portion of the project. The detour schedule is currently being finalized but is expected to last approximately one to two weeks in mid to late July. Signed detour routes and message display boards will be present. Eastbound traffic will be maintained throughout the project. Residents can subscribe online to be notified when the project is updated including when the detour will go into effect. 

This section of Kilgore Road is at the southern part of Kalamazoo and northern part of Portage connecting residents, businesses, and travelers going east and west. It has an annual daily traffic flow between 6,500 to 9,000 vehicles and has numerous residents and businesses along the route.

The two-inch mill and resurface along with other improvements on Kilgore Road will maintain the roadway’s usage and improve flow of all methods of travel. It will also prevent further deterioration of the road before it would become significantly more costly to replace in the future.

As part of the city’s complete streets commitment, non-motorized enhancements are included in road repaving projects whenever possible. The non-motorized improvements included in this project will give bicyclists and pedestrians more access to Kilgore residences, businesses, and transit facilities and encourage reduced, safer traffic speeds.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in August. This $769,753 project is funded by the City’s 2022 Major Streets Fund Capital Improvement budget. 

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