I-94 Improvements

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The widening of Interstate 94 is a hot political issue in the Seventh District Congressional race.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says it's currently studying a nine mile stretch of highway between M60 and Sergeant Rd. near Jackson. It's looking at widening a lane in each direction and upgrading seven interchanges on I-94.

Sixty-five thousand cars travel through this area a day, and MDOT officials estimate that number will grow to 100,000 cars by the year 2025.

This project depends solely on federal funds and will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $380 million. But construction most likely won't start for at least another seven years. Officials say the funding is just not there right now.

Traffic safety is not a concern at this time for MDOT officials, but they say the need for improvement is there.