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E-M:/ Defeated I-73: MDOT finally fixing an existing road instead of building a new one!
- Subject: E-M:/ Defeated I-73: MDOT finally fixing an existing road instead of building a new one!
- From: Kelly Thayer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 16:33:16 -0500
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March 28, 2002
FROM: Kelly Thayer, Michigan Land Use Institute
Re: Defeated I-73 and road repair
MDOT finally fixing an existing road instead of building a new one!
If you're anywhere near southeast or southern Michigan, you'll remember
the Michigan Department of Transportation's plan in 2001 to build a new
Interstate-73 for 60 miles between Jackson and Toledo. Citizens beat back
that bad idea. Now MDOT is announcing that it is doing what residents
wanted all along - fixing the existing highways and upgrading them for
better safety. (See MDOT press release below, along with my posting of
June 2001 regarding the road's defeat.)
Fixing roads first makes good economic sense and spares the environment
from pavement and sprawl. And a healthy environment, in turn, spurs the
tourist and recreational economy. For these reasons, the Michigan Land
Use Institute and the Michigan Environmental Council direct a statewide
coalition of groups dedicated to see that Michigan fixes its roads first
and provides world-class public transit. For more information on the
Michigan Transportation & Land Use Coalition, please visit this
section of the Institute web site:
MDOT press release...
For Immediate Release: March 26, 2002
Contact: Kari Debnar Office of Communications 517-780-0406
Projects using remaining I-73 study funds announced
Projects along US-127 and US-223 will improve safety and traffic
The Michigan Department of Transportation and U.S. Rep Nick Smith
announced today that the $2.9 million remaining from the I-73 feasibility
study will be used to partially fund two projects and a study of
operational improvements in Lenawee and Jackson counties.
"By being able to reapportion the remaining funds left from the I-73
study, we are able to make safety and road improvements as early as this
year," said Smith (R-Addison). "That's exciting news for
residents and motorists."
In 2001, a determination was made to not proceed with the second phase of
the I-73 study, which included environmental clearance. The first phase,
an 18-month study examining the possibility of a new road in southeast
Michigan, would have linked Toledo, Ohio to Jackson, Mich.
The two projects paid for with the remaining I-73 study funds and state
matching funds are:
1. US-223 in Blissfield between the east and west city limits.
Improvements include pavement repairs and diamond grinding to smooth the
roadway. Work will be completed in 2002 at a cost of $1.6 million.
2. US-127 south of M-50 between Jefferson Road and Whetherby Road.
Improvements include widening for a center left-turn lane along the 1.1-
mile stretch of roadway. Work will take place in 2003 at a cost of $1.8
In addition, MDOT will use any remaining funds to conduct a detailed
analysis of the US-223 and US-127 corridors to identify and prioritize
future safety and operational improvements.
The decision not to proceed with the second phase was based on questions
regarding funding and the time needed to proceed beyond the environmental
process into design, right-of-way acquisition and construction. It was
determined that too much time would elapse and the funds would be better
spent on more immediate safety improvements.
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Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 12:25:38 -0400
From: Kelly Thayer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: E-M:/ MDOT postpones further study along I-73 between Jackson
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June 12, 2001
From: Kelly Thayer, Michigan Land Use Institute
MDOT postpones further study along I-73 between Jackson
The Michigan Department of Transportation just announced today that it is
"postponing" further study of the proposed Interstate-73
between Jackson and Toledo. (See MDOT press release below.) This is a
huge victory for those who have organized thousands of citizens in
southern Michigan against this bad idea.
Two leading organizers against I-73 are
Cindy Eicholtz 517-423-3226
In its press release, MDOT says it lacks the money to build the
billion-dollar project now and instead will improve safety on the
existing highways between Jackson and Toledo.
Citizens all along have called for upgrading existing roads to enhance
safety, reduce congestion, protect open space, and save hundreds of
millions of dollars. The state finally got the message on I-73. The next
step should be for MDOT to kill this project instead of just postponing
Below is a state Department of Transportation press release from today
with a link to its I-73 web site...
Transportation Project Coordinator
Michigan Land Use Institute
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001
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Subject: [MDOT-PRESSRELEASE] MDOT postpones
further studies along I-73
For Immediate Release: June 12, 2001
Contact: Kari Debnar Office of Communications 517-780-7510
MDOT postpones further studies along I-73 corridor
Remaining funds will be used for safety improvements along US-127 and
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced it will
not proceed with the environmental clearance phase of the I-73 corridor
study. Instead, the remaining $2.9 million will be used for safety
improvements along the US-127 corridor between M-50 and US-12, and along
US-223 in Lenawee County.
"The department is
suspending the study process until we believe adequate funding exists to
proceed into design, right-of-way acquisition and construction,"
said State Transportation Director Gregory J. Rosine. "We will
continue to work with local communities and the Ohio Department of
Transportation to coordinate future improvements."
MDOT recently completed an
18-month feasibility study examining the possibility of a new expressway
in southeast Michigan. I-73 would link Jackson, Michigan with Toledo,
Ohio. Federal High Priority Project funding was identified for both the
feasibility and environmental portion of the study.
"At this time, the
remaining funds would be better spent on safety improvements to the
US-127 and US-223 corridors," said University Region Engineer Thom
Davies. "This will allow us to make improvements to address specific
areas that were identified within the I-73 feasibility study."
The types of projects on which
funding will be spent include safety and minor operational
The decision not to proceed
with the environmental clearance process was influenced by the knowledge
that it would be many years before a project like I-73 would successfully
compete for funding to advance past the environmental stage.
In the interim, MDOT
will continue to address operational and safety issues within the context
of the existing statewide program. Any improvements made in the corridor
will be constructed so they don't interfere with any of the options that
the completed feasibility study identified as worthy of further
The Ohio Department of
Transportation faced a similar situation and also delayed the start of
its environmental process for its portion of the I-73 study.
For more information on the I-73 feasibility study, check out MDOT's
project Web site at
Mr. Kelly Thayer
Transportation Project Manager
Michigan Land Use Institute
205 South Benzie Boulevard
P.O. Box 500, Beulah, MI 49617