MDOT Press Release
Contact: John Richard, MDOT Office of Communications, 616-451-4063
April 25, 2017 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded a state Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category A grant totaling $628,200 to the City of Walker to improve operations and increase safety at the I-96/Walker Avenue interchange. Meijer Inc.'s corporate headquarters is located on Walker Road, south of the I-96 interchange. While the company's growth has resulted in expansion of its corporate campus, the increased traffic volumes at the interchange, due in part to a new FedEx facility north of I-96, have made access to Meijer's facility increasingly difficult.
To address this issue and help Meijer realize their planned expansion, the City of Walker will realign the eastbound I-96 off ramp at Walker Avenue to match the existing intersection of Holton Court and install traffic signals at the new intersection. This commitment will allow Meijer to progress with continued growth of its corporate campus.
"As the city of Walker continues to grow, meeting the demands of industrial, commercial and office users in the city can be a challenge," said Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga. "Working together through public-private partnerships creates new jobs and increases safety and mobility for all of our residents and users."
The total cost of this project is $1,047,000, including $628,200 in Category A funds, $281,800 from the City of Walker, and $137,000 from Meijer Inc.
Enacted in 1987 and reauthorized in 1993, the TEDF helps finance highway, road and street projects that are critical to the movement of people and products, and getting workers to their jobs, materials to growers and manufacturers, and finished goods to consumers.
TEDF "Category A" or "Targeted Industries Program" grants provide state funding for public roadway improvements that allow road agencies to respond quickly to the transportation needs of expanding companies and eliminate inadequate roadways as an obstacle to private investment and job creation. Eligible road agencies include MDOT, county road commissions, cities and villages. More information about the program is available online at www.michigan.gov/tedf.