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Red Arrow Highway Union Pier Corridor Improvements Project

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Most recent project updates to be added here including dates and times of upcoming sessions, etc.  

Current status: This project is currently in the bidding process with MDOT, and is anticipated on the July 10, 2020 letting. Construction is currently planned to start in late July, three weeks later than originally anticipated. (As of 05.28.2020)

To be added to a list to receive an email when this site is updated, please email with the subject of Red Arrow Highway-Union Pier.

Please note:  this website is specific to the road and streetscape project. For information for the sanitary sewer project being done by GRSD Sewer Authority, please visit this site


A public information session took place on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at New Buffalo Township Hall. The following information was presented at the session. Here are the slides presented by the County Engineer that evening.  Presentation.pdf

Here are maps shared at the meeting, please note file size is large. 

Draft- Full Project Overview.pdf

Draft - Overview Utilities.pdf

Draft- Overview Intersections.pdf

Draft-Streetscape Overview.pdf

Draft-Streetscape Details.pdf

The Public Meeting received nice coverage in Harbor Country News. 


The Berrien County Road Department has worked closely with New Buffalo Township and Chikaming Township to develop visioning plans for this project. They will continue to work together during design and construction to ensure the project is a success for all involved. Following is a brief project overview.

Project limits

  •  Red Arrow Highway from Community Hall Road to Berrien Street
  • Union Pier Road/Town Line Ave approximately 350 feet west of intersection

Roadway features

  • Reconstruction and streetscaping at the intersection with Union Pier Rd/Townline Rd
  • Mill and Resurface from Community Hall Road to Union Pier Self Storage and from Goodwin to Berrien Street
  • A three lane section, including a dedicated center left turn lane for business access

Pedestrian features

  • Sidewalk for pedestrian access at and around the intersection of Red Arrow Hwy and Union Pier Rd
  • An activated pedestrian crossing system for East-West crossing of Red Arrow Hwy
  • A 10 foot wide non-motorized path extending from Community Hall Road to Berrien Street

Additional features

  • A new public restroom facility
  • Improved stormwater infrastructure in the intersection
  • Additional parking areas for access to shops and restaurants

Below is a rendering of concepts developed by Antero Group. 


The primary need to be addressed by this project is improving safety along this section of the Red Arrow Highway corridor for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. With many popular restaurants, cafes, and shops along the corridor, the project will provide a safe, walkable space to access and enjoy the vibrant local community. The corridor has been reimagined to include sidewalk, a non-motorized path, and various other streetscape elements at the intersection of Red Arrow Highway and Union Pier Road. In addition, Red Arrow Highway from Community Hall Road to Berrien Street will be converted from a four lane to a three lane section with a dedicated center left turn lane.

business owner information

Business owners will be receiving email correspondence with individual access information by mid-November. To reassure you are on this list, please email with the subject of Red Arrow Highway-Union Pier. Please also include the address and name of your business in the request.


30% Plan Completion                                                August 29, 2019

Business owner access meetings                             September 2019

60% Plan Completion                                                October 11, 2019

Business owner access review                                  November 2019

90% Plan Completion                                                December 6, 2019

Submittal to MDOT                                                    January 17, 2020

Final Plan Submission to MDOT                              March 27, 2020

MDOT Letting Date                                             July 10, 2020

Construction Start Date                                     July 2020

Construction Completion                                  Fall 2021


Questions or concerns can be addressed to any of the following via email or phone:

Melanie Stanage, P.E. Wightman
Email Melanie
Office: 269.927.0010
Direct: 269.487.9778

Kevin Stack, P.E. Berrien County Road Dept
Email Kevin
Office: (269) 925-1196 Ext: 4421