Construction starts on BCPD headquarters; so do traffic closures

Battle Creek Police Department
City leaders break ground on new headquarters for the Battle Creek Police Department. (June 1, 2017)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — The Battle Creek Police Department is getting new headquarters, but the 18-month project could cause traffic headaches for some drivers.

Crews Thursday broke ground on the new headquarters at 34 N. Division Street – across the street from the current station.

Battle Creek Police Department rendering
A city rendering of the new Battle Creek Police Department headquarters.

During the 18 months of construction, Patterson Way/State Street will be closed to traffic from East Michigan Avenue to Division Street. However, both entrances to the city hall parking lot will be open.

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Police say the new building will give them the much-needed space they lack with the aging building they currently work out of. The new headquarters will also include a new area where police can meet and connect with community members.