Governor Whitmer Signs Bill Renaming Stretch of I-94 After Late MDOT Employee
Berrien County, MI – October 7, 2021
Governor Whitmer today signed Senate Bill 48, which renames a portion of I-94 in Benton Charter Township from the highway I-196 interchange to Napier Avenue exit as the “Kevin D. White Memorial Highway” in honor of Kevin D. White, a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintenance worker who died in October 2019 when he was struck by tires that had fallen off a passing semi while clearing debris along I-94.
“Memorializing Kevin is important for his family and the communities he served,” said Governor Whitmer. “But it also is a stark reminder the people working on our roads are someone’s parents, siblings, children and caregivers who want to go home after their workday like the rest of us.”
“Kevin White was like a lot of people at MDOT and in the contracting industry working on our roads so we can make it safely and efficiently to work, school, the grocery store or a child’s soccer game,” MDOT Director Paul C. Ajegba said. “His tragic death is a reminder of the dangerous conditions road workers endure so we can get where we’re going on time.”
Kevin is survived by his wife of 20 years, Yolanda, and their daughter, Taylor, and is remembered by family and friends as someone who was passionate about his community and served diligently. He was a Benton Township Trustee from 2012 – 2015, was appointed township supervisor in 2015, and then elected supervisor in 2016.
Kevin enjoyed socializing and bringing joy through music, and he found particular happiness working on and driving cars and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Prior to working for MDOT in 2010, Kevin’s jobs included working at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Power Plant, Bearing Technologies, and Bosch. Senate Bill 48 was sponsored by Sen. Kimberly LaSata, and a copy can be found here.