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Posted on: March 30, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 2021 City Road Construction Projects

Road work ahead

March 30, 2021


For more information contact: Engineering Division, 269-966-3343 

2021 City Road Construction Projects 

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The city’s engineering team is announcing the 2021 road construction projects.

The City Commission approved the projects at the commission meeting on March 2. City staff tentatively expect some work to begin next week.

View the list of streets on the next page, and with the accompanying map at Click on Engineering, then see Road Surface Treatments.

Before work begins, neighbors may encounter the city team performing maintenance and inspections, including activities like tree trimming, water valve exercising, lead water service line replacement, and sewer inspections.

As work is set to begin in specific areas, the city will release that information, details about any road closures or lane shifts, and expected duration of work. This information is released to the media, posted on the city’s website and social media, and marked on the interactive project map, accessible via our home page and mobile app.  Customers can also get information on these projects by signing up for alerts at

The city also requires contractors to hang door announcements 24 hours ahead of construction. 

Treatment types are as follows:

  • Crack fill is a Filling of 3/8-inch or wider preliminary cracks on recently-treated roads. This prevents cracks from widening and spreading, keeping out water.  The filler is a cold liquid asphalt.
  • Chip seal is an inexpensive, effective method to extend pavement life, by applying small chips in a liquid asphalt. Then a fog seal, another layer of asphalt, is applied. It can last five to six years, and up to 10 years for low-volume roads. 
  • Resurfacing is a quick process in which crews will mill up to two inches off the top of a road – enough to remove defects – and then apply a new layer of asphalt. This can last up to 10 years.
  • Reconstructing is a full pulverization of the asphalt and six inches of base; the mixture will be used as the base for the new pavement.  Layers of asphalt vary. 

The city will release additional information on construction work and projects throughout the season. Officials ask everyone to stay tuned for those updates and appreciate everyone’s patience and caution during this and all work to maintain our city infrastructure.

The following roads will be crack filled:

  • Capital Avenue S.W., from the City limits to Beckley Road
  • Elm Street, from Cliff Street to Michigan Avenue E.
  • Glenn Cross Road, from Capital Avenue S.W. to M-66 
  • Jackson Street, from Angell Street to Stringham Road
  • Stringham Road, from Jackson Street to Michigan Avenue W. 
  • North Avenue, from Roosevelt Avenue E. to Coolidge Street
  • Emmett Street W., from Washington Avenue N. to Grant Street 
  • Goodale Avenue E., from Beglin Court to North Avenue  
  • River Road, from the City limits to  M-37
  • Helmer Road S., from I-94 to Gethings Road 
  • Lafayette Avenue, from Angell Street to Kendall Street S.  

The following road will be chip sealed:

  • Emmett Street W., from Grant Street to Capital Avenue N.E.


The following roads will be resurfaced:

  • North Avenue, from Capital Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue
  • Minges Road, from Minges Road S. to Riverside Drive
  • Goguac Street E., from Capital Avenue S.W. to Riverside Drive
  • Avery Street, from Urbandale to M-89
  • Everett Street, from Urbandale to M-89
  • Lenon Street, from Jackson to M-89
  • Sherbrooke Street, from Arbor Pointe Drive to Lenon Street 
  • Arbor Pointe Drive, from Jackson Street W. to Jackson Street W.
  • Allene Avenue, from Urbandale to M-89
  • Russell Drive,  from Allene Avenue to Everett Street
  • Carl Avenue, from Goguac Street St. to Spring Street
  • Territorial Road E., from Capital Avenue S.W. to Riverside Drive


The following roads will be reconstructed:

  • 6th Street, from M-37 to end
  • Ritchie Street, from River Road to M-37


The following location will receive Sanitary Sewer and Water main Improvements:


  • Wentworth Avenue, from Circle Drive to Foster Avenue


Summary:  Full replacement of water and sewer infrastructure along with associated road improvement including road surface, curb and gutter, and driveways.


The following locations will receive water main replacement:

  • Ann Avenue, from Howland Street to Washington Avenue N. 
  • Fairfield Avenue, from LaVista Blvd. to Foster Ave


Summary:  Full replacement of water infrastructure along with associated road improvement including road surface. 


The following Bridges will receive preventative maintenance:


  • Emmett Street E., over the CN Railroad
  • Hamblin Avenue, over the Kalamazoo River
  • Michigan Avenue, over the Battle Creek River


Summary:  These bridges will receive improvement to critical components such as the deck and superstructure.  Detours will be posted.


The following location will receive speed hump installation:

  • Terry Court, from 24th Street S. to Woodrow Avenue S.


Summary:  Following the City’s Traffic Calming Policy, Terry Court will receive three speed humps in an effort to control speed in the neighborhood.


In addition to this work, the Michigan Department of Transportation plans resurfacing work along Columbia Avenue, from Helmer Road to M-66.


MDOT tentatively plans construction for May through August, and it will include daytime lane closures, and overnight total road closures, with posted detours.










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