Meetings Allow Public To Weigh In On I-375 Project
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Officials in Detroit are seeking ideas from the public on plans for I-375 downtown.
The Downtown Detroit Development Authority, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and the Michigan Department of Transportation have scheduled community meetings on possible changes to the mile-long business spur. The freeway corridor connects I-75 to downtown.
The first meeting will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Stroh River Place South Atrium. The meeting will follow an open house format with an opportunity for those attending to view a series of informational exhibits, speak with transportation and urban design experts and give their thoughts and ideas for redeveloping I-375. Exhibits will include illustrative examples of how other cities have transformed urban freeways to better suit community needs.
It’s the first of three public sessions on the seven-month I-375 Alternatives Study. The primary study area extends along I-375 from Gratiot Avenue to Atwater Street. Officials say the evaluation process is expected to address a number of issues including defining a vibrant entryway into downtown and the city’s east riverfront.
There’s no price tag on the project right now, but officials say the freeway currently needs about $80 million for renovation and repairs.
More information about the project can be found at www.i375detroit.com.
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