Jackson County Drivers, Businesses Brace for I-94 Construction

Every day, Ben Sauber and his wife leave their home in Concord and head east to Jackson for work. Their route of choice is I-94, but with construction beginning, next week, on more than 12 miles of it, Sauber is already planning ahead.

"I leave at about 7:30 a.m., so I'll probably add an extra half-hour to that," he said.

Starting Monday, MDOT will begin pavement repairs on I-94, between M-60 and the county line, near Albion. Work will go from Monday to Thursday, each week through September, forcing several parts of the highway down to one lane in the process.

MDOT's Kari Arend told News 10, over the phone, that it's hard to tell how much time the construction will add to commutes. She says drivers may want to budget more time, if they plan on driving the stretch being worked on.

However, not everyone has that option. Rybicki Trucking in Springport specializes in oversize loads and uses I-94 as a main traveling route. Doug Dean says oversize loads are restricted from driving on one-lane roadways and his company is looking at M-50 and U.S. 12 as alternate routes.

"You can travel 30 to 40 miles out of your way to get to a non-restricted route," he said.

Sauber won't have restrictions, but he knows he won't be taking the highway to work for a while.

"I know the back-roads, so I can probably find a different way into work, but the people that don't...it's going to be a lot slower for them," said Sauber.


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