Kalamazoo secures $25M for downtown streets revamp

A $25 Million RAISE Grant Award will be used to fund the rebuilding of five segments of Kalamazoo streets. (Courtesy City of Kalamazoo)

The City of Kalamazoo will receive $25 million in federal funding to help rebuild five downtown streets, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced.

The funding, which is coming through the department’s RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) Grant Award, is the largest of three awarded to Michigan communities.

The city plans to use the money to convert several downtown streets to two-way traffic, modernize underground utilities, and incorporate safer and more people-focused street-level designs.

The Kalamazoo street segments being funded include West Main from Douglas Avenue to Michigan Avenue, South Street from Stadium Drive to South Pitcher Street, Lovell Street from Stadium Drive to Portage Street, Stadium Drive from Lovell to Michigan, and Douglas from Kalamazoo Avenue to West Main. Construction on the street segments is expected to begin in August 2027.

The City of Kalamazoo says the goal of the street improvements is to create a more connected downtown area that meets the needs of residents and visitors. The new road designs are part of the city’s Streets For All initiative, which aims to improve safety, transportation, and the quality of life for downtown residents.

The federal funding announcement was made by U.S. Department of Transportation officials in Kalamazoo on Thursday, June 27.