Stadium Drive Reconstruction Project Set To Begin Monday, April 4
Kalamazoo, Mich. – A project to reconstruct Stadium Drive between Howard Street and Lovell Street is set to begin on Monday, April 4. The project will improve the roadway and make a number of improvements for pedestrians and non-motorized users.
Over the course of the project, Stadium Drive will be reconstructed and resurfaced to include a landscaped median, separating travel directions with trees and grass. The pedestrian signals will be upgraded at all signalized intersections to be fully ADA-compliant, with push buttons and audible signals.
A shared used path will also be installed on the north side of the street. The path will connect the shared-use path installed on Howard Street last year with existing path at W Michigan Avenue, creating a connection between Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. With this segment complete, there will be a continuous shared-use path from the intersection of West Main Street and Drake Road to downtown.
Initially, work will happen alongside the reconstruction of the culvert on Stadium Drive at Arcadia Creek, which is underway and on schedule to be completed in April. The reconstruction of Stadium Drive is expected to be completed in October.
Traffic is currently shifted to one lane in each direction on Stadium Drive near Arcadia Creek. Beginning April 4, this traffic shift will be expanded from Howard Street to Lovell Street. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction for the duration of the project, although lanes will shift as the project progresses. Driver should anticipate some delay in this area and seek alternate routes if possible.
Stadium Drive was one of several streets transferred from state to local control in 2019. With this project, it will become the first of these streets to be rebuilt with the needs of the community in mind. The $2.85 million project budget is provided almost entirely by funds received as part of the jurisdictional transfer and $1.6 million of Local Agency Project funding through the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS).