Road Commission of Kalamazoo County - Lake Street Improvements

Important Information

Lake Street, Roadway and Utility Improvements project limits are Lake Street from Shakespeare Ave. at the West to Olmstead Ave. at the East end.

The project will involve removing existing HMA road, upgrading underground utilities including sanitary sewer, water main, and storm sewer. Road reconstruction including concrete curb/gutter, sidewalks, ADA ramps, and restoration.

Project will involve work both East and West of the I-94 business loop with temporary closure of the Lake Street/BL intersection.

This project will be constructed in phases. Schedule is tentative.


Phase A1: Lake Street from Shakespeare Ave to BL. This section will be completed first which a scheduled completion date of May 25, 2023. MAP


Phase B: Lake Street from BL to Lamont Ave. This section will begin following Phase A1 and is scheduled to be completed July 15, 2023. MAP


Phase A2: BL intersection. This section will begin following Phase B and is scheduled to begin July 24 and completed by Aug. 1, 2023. MAP


Phase C: Lake Street from Lemont Ave. to Roy Ave. This section will begin following Phase B and is scheduled to be completed Oct. 1, 2023. MAP


Phase D: Lake Street from Roy Ave. to Olmstead Ave. This section will begin following Phase C and is scheduled to be completed Nov. 20, 2023. MAP


Prein&Newhof will have personnel in the field on behalf of Kalamazoo County Road Commission:

Mike Schwartz, PE
Project Engineer
(269) 372-1158 ext. 1308

Zac Culbert, PE
On-site Contact
(269) 312-1799




Milbocker and Sons Inc.

Office: (269) 673-2195

Emergency Contact:

Tim Wilson

(269) 350-1569


Construction East of the I-94 BL has begun. This has implemented detour route B, which will run concurrent with detour route A1. See the image below for the complete detour route.

The road has been milled down to gravel and will remain that way until underground work begins within then next week or two. Local traffic on Lake Street between the BL and Lamont Ave will have access from the east off Olmstead. Lake Street will remain closed east of the BL. Access to the Expo Center will be possible from Olmstead Road for the duration of the project.

Water main testing is complete and tie-ins have begun. If you are within the project area and will be impacted by water main shutdowns, expect to see a boil water notice handed out by the City Water Dept.

It is expected that road building will begin next week on Lake Street from the West project limits to Schuster Ave. Access to Shakespeare and Schuster Ave will continue to be possible from Schuster until road is paved to the west. See the image below for access routes for local traffic both East and West of the BL.


Sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and water main installation West of Schuster Ave is complete. Work on rebuilding the road West of Schuster will begin next week. Access to Shakespeare and Schuster Ave will continue to be possible from the BL until further notice. Access to Lake Street from the West will remain closed until Lake Street is paved up to Schuster Ave.

Construction East of the BL is planned to begin next Wednesday, 4/26. This will involve milling Lake Street from I-94 BL to Lamont. Detour route phase B will go into effect at this time and will run in conjunction with phase A. Access to Lamont will remain open and be possible from the East. At no time during construction will Lamont Ave be completely closed.


Lake Street – Shakespeare Ave/Schuster Ave Access Update

The milling of Lake Street West of the BL is wrapping up today, April 4, 2023. Access to the neighborhood South of Lake Street will be possible from the East off the I-94 BL (see map below). This will be for all traffic, residential and commercial. Access to the East will be maintained until construction progresses past Shakespeare Ave (est. 2-3 weeks). When feasible access to the West will be opened up for local traffic only.

As a reminder, access to all residents/businesses must be maintained during construction by the contractor. This map will update as the route changes due to construction progressing West to East.

Work completed/in progress from this past week:
  • Detour signage being set up
  • Tree removals along Lake Street


Anticipated activities for next week include the following:
  • Asphalt milling of Lake Street between Shakespeare Ave. and Lamont Street (Road will remain gravel from BL to Lamont St.)
  • Dewatering setup begins