Public invited to comment on I-375 alternative designs

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The Detroit Downtown Development Authority (DDA) invites members of the public to learn about and comment on six design alternatives for the I-375 freeway at a community forum on Thursday, June 12, 2014.  The open house event will be held from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Detroit Eastern Market Shed 5, 2934 Russell Street.

The I-375 freeway is one of the primary access points to Downtown Detroit, key entertainment venues, and historic neighhborhoods and East Riverfront. The DDA, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (DRFC) have collaborated to study design alternatives which might better suit current and expected development in the area.

At the June 12 forum, members of the public will visit a series of presentation stations, starting with a brief orientation that includes general information, the purpose and need for the project and details on how public input from the first meeting was used to develop and evaluate design alternatives. To accommodate the meeting’s open house format, the orientation will be repeated every two hours, at 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM. The public is invited to arrive at any time.

At additional stations attendees will have an opportunity to explore five new designs and the existing configuration for I-375 from Gratiot Avenue to Atwater Street. Each display station will include renderings; plan view layouts; a summary of features; key findings related to traffic operations; and connectivity, economic impact, and other information used to generate the alternative.

Additional displays will feature similar information covering the two additional designs created for the secondary study area that includes the I-75/I-375 interchange, portions of Gratiot Avenue and the Gratiot Connector, and Jefferson Avenue between Washington Boulevard and Joseph Campau Street.

Find renderings and summary information about each alternative at: http://I375Detroit.com. Sign up for future notices or submit comments if you are unable to attend the public meeting at I375detroit@degc.org.

Eastern Market is handicapped accessible with available parking surrounding the facility.  Anyone requiring special accommodations should contact Will Tamminga at (313) 237-4608.

Will Tamminga

Senior Project Manager

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