"Click It or Ticket" Seat Belt Enforcement Efforts Are in Effect Now Through May 31st
From May 18th through May 31, 2015, law enforcement personnel in all 83 Michigan counties will be on the look-out for persons not utilizing seat belts while driving their vehicles. Avoid the $65 ticket by buckling up everytime you are traveling in a vehicle.
The Michigan State Policy/Office of Highway Safety Planning cite statistics that when seat belts are used properly, the risk of being killed in a crash is reduced by nearly 45%.
Please observe Michigan's seat belt laws regarding vehicle drivers and passengers, as well as the laws regarding the use of child restraints.
As a reminder, Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers, and passengers age 15 and younger in any seating position to be buckled up. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years of age or 4'9" tall, and children under 4 years old must be in the back seat.
FY14-17 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) - Amendments #7 and #8
In March 2015 the seventh amendment to BCATS' current TIP was presented, with BCATS' Policy Committee approving the amendment at its March 25th meeting. The amendment included changes & additions outlined in a public notice that can be viewed here
as published 3/3/15 in the Battle Creek Enquirer.
The amendment was submitted to the Michigan Department of Transportation and approved by the federal funding agencies effective 4/21/15. The current TIP project list, up-to-date thru Amendment #7, can be viewed here.
The eighth amendment to BCATS' FY14-17 TIP is being presented in May 2015, and includes the following:
1) adding a FY15 project for Battle Creek Transit (BCT) to upgrade software, repair bus wash bay-maintenance facility, & install internal security cameras in all 3 BCT buildings. Estimated total cost $120,660 (80% Federal Transit Administration Section 5339 “Bus & Bus Facilities”, 20% State Comprehensive Transportation Fund);
2) reducing cost of the FY16 “BC Areawide Roadway Preventive Maintenance (crack fill and/or chip seal)” project to $400,000 total, to facilitate adding a FY16 City of Battle Creek project to resurface Riverside Dr from I-94BL (Dickman Rd) southward to Burnham St E, at estimated total cost of $110,000 (80% Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) Urban Local (STUL, for urban areas<200,000 population), 20% City of BC);
3) adding Michigan Dept of Transportation (MDOT) FY15 road & bridge preliminary engineering (PE) cost of $474,000, & FY16 right-of-way (ROW) acquisition cost of $25,000, for MDOT’s planned 2019 construction to replace the M-311 (11 Mile/Wheatfield Rd) bridge over the Kalamazoo River at estimated total construction phase cost of $3.4M. PE & ROW work funded ~82% from Federal Surface Transportation Program (ST) & ~18% from State “Michigan Betterment” (M); and
4) correcting the cost estimate for the FY15 Calhoun County Road Dept (CCRD) project to replace the Raymond Rd bridge over the Kalamazoo River, to total estimated construction phase cost of $4,517,400, a 50% increase to the correct value. Funded 80% Federal Bridge Replacement ST, 15% State M, & 5% Calhoun County, expected 2016 construction.
Details of the listed projects, and of any administrative modifications that may be presented with the amendment, can be provided upon request, or may be available online at www.bcatsmpo.org. Discussion & action regarding the proposed amendment will be conducted at the regular meetings of BCATS’ Technical Committee (5/13/15) & Policy Committee (5/27/15). Both meetings begin at 1:30 pm in the Council Chambers of Springfield City Hall at 601 Avenue A. Public comment on the amendment is encouraged before or at those meetings; BCATS' regular meetings are open to the public. Comments on the amendment will be accepted thru 5/27/15.
Direct questions and/or comments to:
BCATS, 601 Avenue A, Springfield, MI 49037
ph 269-963-1158, fax 269-963-4951
BCATS Announces Publication of
"Annual Listing of Obligated Projects"
for FY 2014
The listing of obligated projects is now available
BCATS ANNOUNCES ADOPTION OF UPDATED TRANSPORTATION PARTICIPATION PLAN (TPP)
The Battle Creek Area Transportation Study (BCATS) Policy Committee on July 30, 2014 approved the update to its Transportation Participation Plan (TPP). The plan outlines ways the public can participate in the BCATS program. The TPP also includes information about how BCATS conducts outreach for its plans and programs. The update was adopted after a 45-day public comment period that began June 3, 2014. No comments were received on the update during the comment period. The approved TTP document can be viewed by clicking here.
Questions about the TPP can be directed to the BCATS staff at email@example.com or via contacting the staff office at
601 Avenue A, Springfield, MI 49037
voice: 269(963-1158) -- fax: (269)963-4951
This page last updated on 5/21/2015.