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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #50 on: December 06, 2018, 06:59:24 PM »

https://wsbt.com/news/local/us-department-of-transportation-awards-m-dot-grant-to-finish-us-31-in-berrien-county
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BERRIEN COUNTY ó A major update Thursday on a project on one of the area's busiest roadways.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarding M-DOT a $20 million grant to finish U.S. 31 in Berrien County.

The money will pay to extend the highway from Napier Avenue to I-94, a stretch of approximately two miles.

Work on the project could begin as soon as 2021.

This, and the grant addressing the I-49 missing gap in AR/MO mentioned in another thread, is among the better news items to come down the pike in a long time in this era of incomplete corridors.  Glad to see such discrepancies prioritized for once! 
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #51 on: December 06, 2018, 07:27:30 PM »

https://wsbt.com/news/local/us-department-of-transportation-awards-m-dot-grant-to-finish-us-31-in-berrien-county
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BERRIEN COUNTY ó A major update Thursday on a project on one of the area's busiest roadways.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarding M-DOT a $20 million grant to finish U.S. 31 in Berrien County.

The money will pay to extend the highway from Napier Avenue to I-94, a stretch of approximately two miles.

Work on the project could begin as soon as 2021.

This, and the grant addressing the I-49 missing gap in AR/MO mentioned in another thread, is among the better news items to come down the pike in a long time in this era of incomplete corridors.  Glad to see such discrepancies prioritized for once!
Yes, today was really good news. There were a lot of important Interstate/US highway projects that got funding today. Iím looking forward to the next round of FASTLANE grants being awarded next year so we can see what major projects they will fund.


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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #52 on: December 07, 2018, 02:01:49 AM »

Yes, today was really good news. There were a lot of important Interstate/US highway projects that got funding today. Iím looking forward to the next round of FASTLANE grants being awarded next year so we can see what major projects they will fund.
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If anyone would have a complete list of the grants awarded in this round, it would be greatly appreciated if it were posted -- or at least a link supplied.  Might be some more decent tidbits in that particular litany!
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #53 on: December 07, 2018, 06:48:38 AM »

Yes, today was really good news. There were a lot of important Interstate/US highway projects that got funding today. Iím looking forward to the next round of FASTLANE grants being awarded next year so we can see what major projects they will fund.
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If anyone would have a complete list of the grants awarded in this round, it would be greatly appreciated if it were posted -- or at least a link supplied.  Might be some more decent tidbits in that particular litany!
I have looked on the BUILD grantís website and havenít seen anything yet. Much like the INFRA grants back in June, all the states that won the grants are doing the announcements first.
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #54 on: December 07, 2018, 08:55:54 AM »

https://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/a-long-road-ahead/article_30d9fee9-37c4-5fd9-aaae-826425a71798.html
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MDOT spokesman Nick Schirripa said his agency will still need to chip in $10 million to complete the project. MDOT had already budgeted $60 million to rebuild the I-94 interchange. Most of the right-of-ways have been secured.

ďWe will find this money,Ē he said in a phone interview Thursday.

The total cost will likely not exceed $100 million, Schirripa said.

He said the $20 million federal grant does not change the project schedule. MDOT anticipates completing the project in 2022. It will be done by 2023 at the latest, he said.

According to a 2016 MDOT report, construction for the interchange project will begin in the departmentís 2021 fiscal year.
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #55 on: December 07, 2018, 10:52:31 AM »

There is no gap in US-31. There is just a gap between two freeways in the area. US-31 is signed on Napier Ave and I-94.
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #56 on: December 07, 2018, 11:09:29 AM »

There is no gap in US-31. There is just a gap between two freeways in the area. US-31 is signed on Napier Ave and I-94.

that's what they mean. and there's another gap just north of that
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #57 on: December 07, 2018, 12:18:31 PM »

There is no gap in US-31. There is just a gap between two freeways in the area. US-31 is signed on Napier Ave and I-94.

that's what they mean. and there's another gap just north of that
US-31 all connects together from what I know. I've traveled that area quite often and US-31 runs with I-196 until exit 44. I know coming southbound on I-196 the westbound I-94 signs have US-31 on it and have Chicago and Niles for control cities. I almost think it's fine the way it is.
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #58 on: December 07, 2018, 12:38:32 PM »

There is no gap in US-31. There is just a gap between two freeways in the area. US-31 is signed on Napier Ave and I-94.

that's what they mean. and there's another gap just north of that
US-31 all connects together from what I know. I've traveled that area quite often and US-31 runs with I-196 until exit 44. I know coming southbound on I-196 the westbound I-94 signs have US-31 on it and have Chicago and Niles for control cities. I almost think it's fine the way it is.

you're correct it's continuous, we're just saying there are gaps in the freeway portions of it, the title of the thread is a bit wrong i guess. 
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #59 on: December 07, 2018, 04:04:24 PM »

I hope the US 31 gap is really built this time. No more excuses.
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #60 on: December 07, 2018, 04:37:46 PM »

I was hoping that if they finished the freeway gap between Napier Avenue and I-196 that they could build a new I-67 to Indianapolis and run it up to Grand Rapids eliminating I-196 but I haven't heard anything regarding that in awhile. I-67 would be the only number you could use for a 2-di there.
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #61 on: December 07, 2018, 04:41:43 PM »

There will be no Interstate 67. Not in Indiana, not in Michigan, not in Kentucky, nowhere.
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #62 on: December 07, 2018, 10:36:29 PM »

There will be no Interstate 67. Not in Indiana, not in Michigan, not in Kentucky, nowhere.

You never know what North Carolina will do.
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #63 on: December 11, 2018, 01:49:23 PM »

Yes, today was really good news. There were a lot of important Interstate/US highway projects that got funding today. Iím looking forward to the next round of FASTLANE grants being awarded next year so we can see what major projects they will fund.
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If anyone would have a complete list of the grants awarded in this round, it would be greatly appreciated if it were posted -- or at least a link supplied.  Might be some more decent tidbits in that particular litany!

Here you go: https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/policy-initiatives/327856/build-2018-fact-sheets.pdf
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #65 on: December 12, 2018, 12:58:21 PM »

There will be no Interstate 67. Not in Indiana, not in Michigan, not in Kentucky, nowhere.

You never know what North Carolina will do.

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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #66 on: December 12, 2018, 02:56:58 PM »

There will be no Interstate 67. Not in Indiana, not in Michigan, not in Kentucky, nowhere.

You never know what North Carolina will do.

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But we all can dream, right? I'll be glad when the missing link opens to traffic!
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #67 on: December 12, 2018, 05:20:36 PM »

There will be no Interstate 67. Not in Indiana, not in Michigan, not in Kentucky, nowhere.

You never know what North Carolina will do.

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But we all can dream, right? I'll be glad when the missing link opens to traffic!

I-67 won't likely happen within the next 10 years; while some of the US 31 segments in IN are slated for upgrade (primarily Indy-Kokomo) beyond what's on the ground currently, quite a bit of what's left -- Kokomo north to US 24 and the substandard US 31/20 interchange south of South Bend -- is likely to remain as is for some time.  It would take a real push by regional backers to get a comprehensive upgrade of the US 31 corridor to Interstate standards; and such a proposal probably wouldn't even get an audience with INDOT at least until Segment 6 of I-69 was completed (like most DOT's, their plate has limited capacity at any given time!).  But OTOH, this MI project does increase the viability of a potential Indy-Grand Rapids corridor; for a while, it was looking like that short gap would never be filled.  Maybe by the late 2020's or early 2030's the concept of I-67 might be revisited; by that time it'll be freeway (albeit with that one substandard IN cloverleaf) all the way from US 30 to Benton Harbor and likely from I-465 north to the north end of Kokomo.  Tackling the intervening section would be like any other divided rural highway with private access -- problematic but not impossible. 
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #68 on: December 12, 2018, 06:25:31 PM »

There will be no Interstate 67. Not in Indiana, not in Michigan, not in Kentucky, nowhere.

You never know what North Carolina will do.

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FWIW, North Carolina's three BUILD grants have nothing to do with interstate or freeway projects. One project will replace inadequate bridges on rural highways, one will build a bikeway/greenway in Hickory, and one will further develop the new Amtrak station in Raleigh.
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #69 on: December 12, 2018, 08:44:14 PM »

There will be no Interstate 67. Not in Indiana, not in Michigan, not in Kentucky, nowhere.

You never know what North Carolina will do.

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FWIW, North Carolina's three BUILD grants have nothing to do with interstate or freeway projects. One project will replace inadequate bridges on rural highways, one will build a bikeway/greenway in Hickory, and one will further develop the new Amtrak station in Raleigh.

Were any of NC's grant applications specifically directed to one of their future Interstate projects?  It would seem that those are chugging along quite well even without one or more of these grants; in fact the three selections underscore the notion that NC isn't just about expanding their in-state Interstate network but that their transportation program is a bit more versatile than that -- which might allay to some degree criticism of their priorities.
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #70 on: December 13, 2018, 08:29:53 AM »

There will be no Interstate 67. Not in Indiana, not in Michigan, not in Kentucky, nowhere.

You never know what North Carolina will do.

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FWIW, North Carolina's three BUILD grants have nothing to do with interstate or freeway projects. One project will replace inadequate bridges on rural highways, one will build a bikeway/greenway in Hickory, and one will further develop the new Amtrak station in Raleigh.

Were any of NC's grant applications specifically directed to one of their future Interstate projects?  It would seem that those are chugging along quite well even without one or more of these grants; in fact the three selections underscore the notion that NC isn't just about expanding their in-state Interstate network but that their transportation program is a bit more versatile than that -- which might allay to some degree criticism of their priorities.
This is really off subject for this forum, but NCDOT does have an active bikeway program and a major division, NCRail, for rail transportation. NCRail has spent plenty on upgrading tracks between Raleigh and Charlotte and rebuilding or upgrading all the stations along that route; it operates four round trips daily and plans to add a fifth next year, I believe. You can read about the rail operation at https://www.ncbytrain.org/.
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #71 on: December 13, 2018, 04:13:20 PM »

^^^^^^^^
The state-owned North Carolina Railroad extends in a broad arc from Charlotte up to Greensboro essentially following I-85, then over to Durham and Raleigh following I-40, and finally east to Morehead City along US 70/future I-42.  The part of the arc from Charlotte over to Selma hosts both in-state and Amtrak services, while the entire length is also leased to NS for freight movement.  NS dispatches, operates, and maintains the entire line, while Amtrak provides the crews for the passenger movements (similar to the arrangements elsewhere between Amtrak and its host railroads).  While well-subsidized by NC (like with the in-state "Amtrak California" services in that state, the state agency actually owns the locomotives and the passenger cars), the "Carolina" service corridor seems to be one of the more successful regional passenger-rail operations in both financial and service terms. 

P.S.:  now that we've exhausted the "compound digression" from the OP, perhaps we can circle back to at least MI/IN-related topics.
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #72 on: December 22, 2018, 06:17:02 PM »

There will be no Interstate 67. Not in Indiana, not in Michigan, not in Kentucky, nowhere.
Better chance with that then WI-29 becoming an interstate.
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Re: US 31 gap in Michigan finally will be filled
« Reply #73 on: December 23, 2018, 09:35:17 AM »

There will be no Interstate 67. Not in Indiana, not in Michigan, not in Kentucky, nowhere.

Do you have a crystal ball saying so or something? Because there is no way you can say that definitely. I agree its a moot point until US 31 is a full freeway between South Bend and Indianapolis, which will be quite a while, but you cannot state that I-67 will never ever happen. No one here knows.
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