Public Invited to Help Rethink Detroit’s I-375 Freeway

I-375 project map in Detroit

As part of the I-375 Alternatives Study, a seven month-long effort to develop possible alternatives for recreating the 1-375 corridor, the public is being asked: “Do you think that I-375 as currently configured is still the best gateway into Downtown Detroit, or can it be improved to better meet the city’s needs now and in the future?”

On Thursday, Feb. 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the public is invited to share their thoughts and ideas at the first of a series of three community meetings on the study. The meeting will follow an open house format and will feature exhibits of how other cities have transformed urban freeways to better suit community needs, as well as the opportunity to speak with transportation and urban design experts. The meeting will take place at the Stroh River Place South Atrium, 300 River Place Drive in Detroit.

The primary project study area extends along I-375 from Gratiot Avenue to Atwater Street. Additional study areas include the I-75/I-375 interchange, portions of Gratiot Avenue and the Gratiot Connector, and Jefferson Avenue between Washington Boulevard and Joseph Campau Street.

The alternatives evaluation process will address a number of issues including:
• defining a vibrant entryway into Downtown Detroit and the East Riverfront;
• making better connections to the Entertainment, East Riverfront, Greektown, Stadium, Convention Center, and Eastern Market districts; and
• improving pedestrian, non-motorized and transit connectivity.

The final report also will detail whether there are environmentally and economically beneficial ways to adapt and reuse the below-grade roadway.

For more information on the I-375 Alternatives Study, visit www.I375Detroit.com .

Will Tamminga
Director, Project Management

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