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Senate approves LaSata bill renaming portion of I-94 for fallen MDOT worker

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Kim LaSata that would designate a portion of I-94 in Benton Township as the Kevin D. White Memorial Highway.

White was a state Department of Transportation worker who died from injuries sustained while on the job in Berrien County. The memorial section would begin at the interchange of I-94 and I-196 and extend south to the Napier Avenue exit.

“I thank my colleagues for approving this bill once again honoring Kevin White’s memory and I am hopeful it will become law this year,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “Kevin put service over self, dedicating his work to helping improve Southwest Michigan communities despite the inherent dangerous risks involved with the job.

“His tragic loss is another sobering reminder of our responsibilities as drivers, to focus while behind the wheel and limit distracted driving — especially in work zones.”

White was MDOT’s Benton Township supervisor at the Coloma garage. He tragically died in October 2019 from injuries suffered when a tire from a passing truck struck him while he was clearing debris from the shoulder of I-94. He is survived by a wife and daughter.

Senate Bill 48, which is a reintroduction of similar legislation from last session that did not become law, now advances to the state House for consideration.