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

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”. To accommodate these needs, Kalamazoo Township has been working on creating a network of sidewalks and multi-use trails. 

The question that we need your help to answer is, how do you keep them clear and accessible in winter? In winter it may be even more critical to have clear sidewalks because of the additional hazard of walking on the road when it’s slick or slushy and daylight is limited and students need to get to school early in the morning.

Currently the Township has an ordinance that requires everyone with a sidewalk to keep it clear 500 feet in either direction from a bus stop. This isn’t proving to be practical because having clear sections interspersed with uncleared sections doesn’t get people safely from one place to another. It also means equipping the ordinance officer with a new map each year showing all sidewalks and each bus stop from three different school districts and the transit system. Simply keeping all the sidewalks clear seems more logical but most of us have lived in Michigan long enough to know that isn’t always a simple task and it’s harder for some than others.

Below are some ideas that have come from other communities and organizations for keeping sidewalks accessible that might be used alone or more likely in combination. Please let us know if you think any of these might work in your neighborhood. Do you know how other communities have handled this situation successfully and how it was paid for? Do you have a creative solution we haven’t considered yet? We’d love to hear how you think this challenge can be solved.

  • The Township could buy the equipment and pay their maintenance staff to clear the sidewalks
  • The Township could hire a contractor to clear the sidewalks
  • The Township could have an ordinance to make everyone responsible for the sidewalk in front of their house. (How would you suggest enforcing such an ordinance?)
  • Neighbors could help neighbors keep their sidewalks clear
  • People could pay the person that plows their driveway to clear their sidewalk as well,
  • People could see if they can get a discount by having several neighbors hire the same plowing service
  • People could organize a group of volunteers that the elderly or disabled could call on to clear their sidewalks
  • Service groups could organize to clear sidewalks and people that can could give them donations for their organization or other good cause.
  • People could pay their neighbor kid to do it and help him or her get started in their own little business and saving money for college expenses.
  • Neighbors could start a community tool shed that includes a snow blower and have everyone sign up for a time to be responsible for the sidewalks on their block

Please send your suggestions to info@ktwp.org with “Clear Sidewalks” in the subject line.