West Michigan Avenue shut down to traffic until Spring for Heritage Tower construction


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- A portion of a major Battle Creek road running through downtown will be closed through spring for construction.

West Michigan Aveue will partially close for the rehabilitation of the Heritage Tower starting Thursday.

The $34 million project will create a commercial and recreational center in the 19-story building that’s been part of downtown Battle Creek for nearly 90 years.

West Michigan Avenue from the Riverfront to Capital Avenue Southwest will shut down to allow room for heavy equipment installing scaffolding in the upper floors of the building.

In late September, a lane shift was put in place to make room for the project, but the contractor said they need more room to work effectively.

Traffic to shift in accordance with Heritage Tower construction work in Battle Creek

The city department of public works said the road will be shut down through spring.

A detour runs on Van Buren Street which is north of West Michigan Avenue. The parking lot at the Riverfront will remain open during construction and pedestrians will be able to access restaurants and businesses on foot.

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