News - Second open house Oct. 20 to share draft purpose and need for improvements in downtown Kalamazoo

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016


CONTACT: Jason Latham, MDOT Southwest Region Planning Manager, 269-337-3792


Second open house Oct. 20 to share draft purpose

and need for improvements in downtown Kalamazoo



The public is invited to participate in a second public open house to help define the purpose and need for road improvements within the downtown Kalamazoo Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study area. The area includes segments of Stadium Drive, Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo Avenue, Michikal Street, Riverview Drive, and Douglas Avenue.




Business owners




4 - 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016



Metro Transit Center

530 N. Rose St.



Accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities and limited English speaking ability. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers available upon request. Please call 517-373-2227 with requests.



The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is using the PEL process to determine future improvements within the downtown Kalamazoo study area: Stadium Drive between Howard Street and Michigan Avenue; Michigan Avenue between Stadium Drive and Kalamazoo Avenue; Kalamazoo Avenue between Douglas Avenue and Harrison Street; Michikal Street between Michigan Avenue and Kalamazoo Avenue; Riverview Drive between Harrison Street and Gull Road; and Douglas Avenue between West Main Street and Kalamazoo Avenue.


The PEL process is a planning tool used to streamline the project development process. It is an approach to transportation decision-making that helps the community consider environmental, historical, cultural, and feasibility issues early in the transportation planning process. MDOT will share a draft document called the "Purpose and Need" to obtain public input that will help shape potential alternatives for addressing the transportation challenges in downtown Kalamazoo.


Residents, business owners and commuters are encouraged to attend and share ideas, suggestions and concerns as part of the planning process. The draft purpose and need was developed based on input from the first public meeting held in April 2016, and will be available for public review and comment.




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