Plans dropped for I-94 rest stop

A plan to build a new rest stop on eastbound I-94 in Watervliet has come to a halt after the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) decided to not move forward.

According to the Herald Palladium, MDOT says the state no longer has the option to buy the property for the proposed rest area. Watervliet Township Supervisor Dan Hutchins said he received a call from MDOT and was told they could not buy the property directly south of the westbound rest stop.

The plan has been a topic of controversy, some residents were concerned that merging traffic from a new rest area would pose safety problems and increase the odds for accidents, while other said that not having a rest area detracts from city and township business.

About nine years ago MDOT had a similar option for an eastbound rest stop, but after facing similar public opposition, dropped its plans.

MDOT regional spokesman Nick Schirripa confirmed that the department is not considering anything anymore.

Hutchins said MDOT does still plan on making improvements to the westbound I-94 rest area, but no details on the scope of those improvements have been available.

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