Attached is a press release regarding the upcoming road construction at the Verona Rd./Wattles Rd. intersection in Emmett Township. Verona-Wattles Press Release – Start Work
(Bedford Township, MI) – Work will begin on the Bowne Road culvert replacement project in
Bedford Township on Monday, July 24, 2017.
The Calhoun County Road Department will be replacing the existing dual culverts with a new aluminum box culvert just west of the intersection of Bowne Road and M‐37. This project is being jointly funded by the Calhoun County Road Department and Bedford Township as part of their Local Road Improvement Program.
During construction, there will be partial lane closures and a temporary traffic signal will be in
operation to facilitate travel through the work zone. Residents and visitors are advised to
exercise caution while driving through the work zone and allot extra time for travel in this area.
It is anticipated that this work will be completed no later than September 25, 2017, weather
If you have any questions, please email Kristine Parsons or call (269) 781‐9841.
(Sheridan Township, MI) – Work will begin on the B Drive N road improvement project in Sheridan Township on Monday, July 17, 2017.
The Calhoun County Road Department will be replacing the existing asphalt roadway with a new concrete surface from just west of Michigan Avenue and the railroad tracks to just past The Andersons Ethanol Plant driveway.
This project is being jointly funded by the Calhoun County Road Department and the Michigan Department
of Transportation’s (MDOT) Transportation Economic Development Grant program.
During construction, there will be both partial and full lane closures and detours will be posted
in the project’s vicinity. It is anticipated that this work will be completed by September 1, 2017,
If you have any questions, please email Brian Kernstock or call (269) 781‐9841.
In accordance with Public Act 300 of 1949, of the Michigan Vehicle Code, the Calhoun
County Road Department is suspending Seasonal Weight Restrictions effective 6am, Monday, February 19, 2018.
There will be no special permits issued while the seasonal weight restrictions are in effect.
- To download the seasonal milk transportation permit application, click here.
- To download the seasonal public utility transportation permit application, click here.
- To download the seasonal agricultural transportation permit application, click here.
- To download the route notification request for the seasonal public utility permit, click here.
- To download the route notification request for the seasonal agricultural permit, click here.
- For a list of all season roads in Calhoun County, click here.
- For a map of all season roads in Calhoun County, click here.
In accordance with Public Act 300 of 1949, the following are exempt from weight restrictions; however, speed MUST be reduced to a maximum of 35mph.
- Milk haulers
- Agricultural commodities
- Public utility vehicles
Seasonal weight restrictions help to preserve and protect against the wear and tear on Calhoun County roads caused by the winter thaw and heavy vehicles. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police may enforce the seasonal weight restrictions and speed reductions while in effect. During this restricted period, state law requires the following:
- Reduction in the maximum axle loads by 35% on all types of roads.
- Tire loads cannot exceed 450 pounds per inch of tire width.
- Reduction in the travel speed limit for trucks to a maximum of 35 miles per hour.
The following requirements are for the Calhoun County Road Department’s restricted roadways:
9′ or over between axles
Normal load – 18,000 lbs/axle
Restricted loads – 11,700 lbs/axle
Over 3 1/2′ but under 9′ between axles
Normal load – 13,000 lbs/axle
Restricted loads – 8,450 lbs/axle
Under 3 1/2′ combined weight between axles
Normal load – 18,000 lbs/axle
Restricted loads – 11,700 lbs/axle
Maximum load on any wheel
(lbs/inch of tire width)
Normal load – 700 lbs per inch of tire width
Restricted loads – 450 lbs per inch of tire width
For more information regarding the weight restrictions on Calhoun County roads, contact us.
For information on state roads during the seasonal weight restrictions, please contact the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) at (269) 789-0592.
For information on seasonal weight restrictions in other counties in the state, click here.
Emmett Township– Construction on the Raymond Road Bridge Replacement Project over the Kalamazoo River will be ending for the winter season on or about December 16, 2016. Work on this project will resume in the spring of 2017.
Raymond Road, between M-96 (E. Columbia Avenue) and River Road, will remain closed to traffic until this project is completed. Completion of the bridge is expected in the late spring or early summer of 2017.
The total preliminary construction cost of this project was estimated at $2,816,000, of which $2,675,200 is funded by a grant from the Local Bridge Program (formerly known as the Critical Bridge Program). The program pays for up to 95% of construction costs through a combination of federal and state funds (80% and 15%, respectively).
The Calhoun County Road Department (CCRD) is providing the remaining construction costs and is funding all design, inspection and administration expenses.
Battle Creek, MI – Phase One of the Calhoun County Justice Center paving project was completed on time yesterday. Today, October 6, 2016, crews will begin the second phase of milling and paving of the north public parking lot (yellow lot on the drawing), of the Justice Center, located at 161 E. Michigan Avenue, in the City of Battle Creek. The parking lots, which are undergoing a makeover, have construction work scheduled in three phases. The paving of this second phase is expected to be completed by October 15.
The third phase of paving is expected to begin on October 14, and will conclude with the resurfacing of the southeast lot (red lot on the attached drawing). The entire paving project is expected to be completed on October 16, 2016, weather permitting.
Visitors and staff are advised to park in the Division Street lot and the East Michigan Avenue lot, behind the jail while paving is being completed for these last two phases.
Any vehicles left in the restricted areas of the parking lots during this paving project will be towed. Signs will be posted, identifying the restricted areas.
The Justice Center parking lot improvement project is funded by Calhoun County as part of its capital improvement program for facilities.
On Saturday, October 1, 2016, crews will begin milling, and then paving the southern public parking lot (green lot on this drawing), of the Calhoun County Justice Center, located at 161 E. Michigan Avenue, in the City of Battle Creek. Visitors and staff are advised to park in the Division Street lot and the East Michigan Avenue lot, behind the jail. Any vehicles left in the southern parking lot will be towed.
This project is expected to be completed on October 5, 2016, weather permitting.
The B Drive North railroad crossing between 22 Mile Road and 23 Mile Road near the Village of Marengo, is scheduled to be closed on Friday, August 19, 2016. RailWorks Track Services, the railroad construction contractor chosen by MDOT to perform railroad track renewal work in Calhoun County, plans to make curve and grade crossing improvements. The crossing is expected to reopen on August 26, 2016.
A vehicle and pedestrian detour will be posted. Access to driveways in the southeast and southwest quadrants of this closure will be maintained during construction. This closure will be coordinated with the opening of the 23 Mile Road crossing.