In 2016, Dow began a comprehensive process to investigate the feasibility of consolidating the Dow Michigan Operations and Dow Corning chemical manufacturing facilities on S. Saginaw Rd. into a single, unified site.
Based on comprehensive input from the community, Dow has decided to move forward with plans to pursue this proposal. Dow recently made a formal request to the City of Midland to close S. Saginaw Rd. between Mark Putnam Rd. and Salzburg Rd. and reroute non-Dow traffic to Waldo Ave. and Bay City Rd.
Bringing the Dow and Dow Corning facilities together opens many opportunities for the unified company and for the Midland community, including:
- Expanded opportunities for community prosperity through manufacturing growth
- Enhanced safety and security at the site as well as for the surrounding community
- Increased site competitiveness, through operational efficiencies, productivity gains and workforce unity
Understanding the Impact
To get a full understanding of the implications of this change, Dow has taken several steps to evaluate the impact before proceeding with the formal City of Midland application process to vacate the road. These steps include:
Community Impact +
Most importantly, Dow understands this change will affect residents, neighbors and visitors who travel this roadway.
To understand the impact of closing S. Saginaw Rd. between Mark Putnam Rd. and Salzburg Rd., Dow conducted 24 community engagement meetings with interested residents and met with dozens of community leaders, civic groups, government officials and interested individuals. We are committed to continuing the community dialogue as we move ahead with the process.
Economic Impact +
Since its founding, Dow has been an active community partner, contributing to the well-being of the region in numerous ways. Most recently, between 2006 and 2016, Dow contributed more than $450 million to the economy through regional investments that include Dow Diamond, East End, H Hotel, restaurants and conferencing, airport investments and general philanthropy, among other efforts.
Dow believes this change will result in additional positive economic impact for the company, the community and local businesses. To fully understand the company’s economic impact in the region, Dow has commissioned Northwood University, in partnership with other respected universities, to analyze and quantify the economic relationship between Dow and the Midland community. This information will help us better understand the vital economic linkages that exist between the company and the region.
Safety and Security Impact +
Dow puts safety first. Always. This change will enable important safety and security improvements that adhere to Department of Homeland Security guidance, especially its “Deter, Detect and Delay” security protocol, which recommends barriers to humans and vehicular traffic, monitoring and detection systems, security lighting and protective forces to help reduce risk from unwelcome actions. Our manufacturing sites are safe, and we intend to keep it that way.
Traffic Impact +
Engineering firm DLZ studied the new traffic volumes along alternate routes if non-Dow traffic is rerouted away from South Saginaw Road. DLZ also recommended traffic control upgrades and some changes to existing roadways that would help lessen the impact. With these upgrades, all roads along alternate routes would have sufficient capacity to handle projected increases in traffic volume, DLZ determined. Dow will pay for all recommended traffic upgrades and fund the reconstruction of Waldo Ave. to withstand increased traffic levels.
The expected alternate route, along the Bay City Road/Waldo Avenue commercial corridor, would add about seven-tenths of a mile, or between 90 and 180 seconds to a trip, depending on time of day and traffic light cycles. Trips between Midland and Freeland would shift to U.S. 10/M-47, which would not add any time to a trip.