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Non-Motorized Plan Passed



Walk to the bus stop or store, bike to work, take the baby out in the stroller, bike ride with your kids, jog or take the dog for a walk. Do you live without a car by necessity or by choice? 

Kalamazoo Township is on the road / sidewalk to making this a more livable community. You can find more information on the benefits, to you and your community, of non-motorized transportation by clicking the following links:   Bicycling     Sidewalks 
 
The Township's Non-Motorized/Active Transportation Plan is available for you to view, just Click Here.

Please send your comments to Supervisor Donald D. Martin at supervisor@ktwp.org.

Responsibility for Roads

While townships in many other states have primary responsibility for local roads, in Michigan the county road commissions and townships share transportation-related responsibilities. Road commissions (and county boards of commissioners where road commission duties have been assumed by the county board) are responsible for maintenance and construction of local roads, while townships are responsible for non-transportation uses of road rights of way, sub-surface rights of way usage such as utilities and communication systems, and law enforcement. In spite of state law assigning maintenance and construction responsibility to road commissions, the state transportation fund doesn’t provide sufficient financial resources for road commissions to perform their responsibilities at a level acceptable to everyone. Consequently, township boards voluntarily contribute over $150 million per year to their county road commissions to support road projects in their respective townships.

Roadwork Update


Road work for 2017 is done and just a few finishing touches remain for Kalamazoo Township to have fulfilled it's promise to bring all 75+ miles of local roads up to good condition. The project involved 99,513 tons of hot mix asphalt (the equivalent weight of 443 Statue of Liberty National Monuments), 667,143 square yards of cold milling, 746 drainage spillways, and 225 drainage structures!

Consistent with Kalamazoo Township's Complete Streets policy, the bond also financed many non-motorized improvements, including over 44 "orphaned" sidewalks now connected to roadways with ADA-compliant ramps, 100 small repairs on high-use sidewalks, over 4 miles of signed bicycle routes, and 2.8 miles of new sidewalks adjacent to primary and other busy roads (including portions of Grand Prairie Road, Nazareth Road, Sunnyside Drive, Kendall Avenue, Olmstead Road and West main Street/M-43.

There are two streets, Dayton Ave. and Stewart Drive that had to have other work completed before they could be improved so they will be done in 2018. You can get full details on the work that was accomplished  by viewing the presentation that was given to the Township Board at the December 11, 2017 work session. Please note that on the "quiz slides" the answer is indicated by the green bar. Click here to see the presentation.

 We want to thank the residents of Kalamazoo Township for supporting this project and hope you're enjoying your roads. We will be working to keep all the roads maintained and will continue to keep you informed.

Keeping Sidewalks Clear

Please keep in mind that keeping sidewalks clear does not just mean clear of snow. Please keep bushes and grass from impeding sidewalk traffic. It is especially important to maintain the full width of the sidewalk in order to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. 

Walkers please be courteous to those who are responsible for the sidewalks. Don't litter and please pick up after your dog. 

It’s been proven that walking is good for your health both physical and mental.  More and more research is showing the importance of getting out of our chairs and going for a walk. Some people have no choice but to walk or use a wheelchair to get from place to place. It has also been found that home values increase in areas that are considered “walkable”. Please do your part to keep our sidewalks and trails in good repair and we'll try to make sure you have good sidewalks and trails to use.