I-375 Alternatives Planning FAQ's

 
 
1) Who is the project leadership?
 
The I-375 Alternatives Study is led by the City of Detroit Downtown Development Authority, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. The Federal Highway Administration, the City of Detroit and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) all serve as technical advisors to the project.  This group collectively serves as the project Technical Committee  
 
2) Has the DDA determined that I-375 will be raised to an at-grade boulevard?
 
No. The outcome of the I-375 Alternatives Study will determine the recommended treatment. That determination will not be made until late summer of 2014, after intense technical analysis, public feedback and advisory and technical committee engagement will be considered in making the recommendation.  
 
3) Who will make the final decision on the final transportation solution for I-375?
 
The I-375 Technical Committee following a review of  technical analyses and public input,  in consultation with, and an advisory committee, will make the decision on which I-375 alternative may move forward to further analysis in the Federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.  
 
4) How can the public get involved?
 

The public is encouraged to attend the three planned public meetings for the project and to submit questions, comments, and/or concerns at those meetings or through emailing (I375detroit@degc.org).  All comments and feedback will be considered in the alternative development and evaluation process, and frequent questions will be addressed in future updates to this Frequently Asked Questions section.

The next public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Detroit’s Eastern Market, Shed 5, located at 2934 Russell Street, Detroit, MI 48207.

 
5) When will the recommended solution for I-375 be announced?
 
The final recommendation for I-375 will be publicly announced between the end of Summer 2014 and the beginning of Fall 2014.  
 
6) Will the study take current and future redevelopment into consideration?
 
Yes. The DDA is actively engaged with stakeholders involved in current and future development in downtown Detroit.  
 
7) How long will the study take?
 
The study began in January 2014 and will conclude by September 2014.
 
8) What are the next steps following the study?
 
Depending on available funding, the next steps following the study would include an evaluation of the projects impacts on the natural and human environments as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. The Michigan Department of Transportation will be the project sponsor for this phase of the project.  
 
9) Will the study consider the history of the area?
 
Yes, the history of urban fabric that existed prior to the development of I-375 including cultural aspects of the neighborhoods will be considered in the context of the I-375 Alternatives Study.  
 
10)  Is the City of Detroit part of the study? Are they being consulted?
 
Yes. The City of Detroit is involved in the study and is part of study’s Technical Committee, which will decide on the preferred I-375 design alternative. The I-375 study area is within city of Detroit jurisdiction, and the DDA is taking steps to ensure that the outcome of the alternatives study is consistent with city of Detroit economic, transportation, and land use goals expressed in the Detroit Master Plan, as well as the Detroit Future City plan.  
 
11) Why is the study taking place at this time?
 
The study is the culmination of multiple interests coming together at the same time. I-375 is in need of significant reconstruction due to the age of facilities, and renovation costs, estimated to be approximately $80 million, remain unfunded.  In addition, the freeway serves as an important connection to Downtown Detroit, the East Riverfront, and significant enterprises located on Jefferson Avenue. The composition of downtown Detroit is changing; new residents and businesses are populating downtown, significant developments are expected, and transportation and circulation needs are changing as a result. Given these factors, MDOT and other project partners are interested in reviewing alternatives that will best address the future transportation needs of I-375.    
 
12) How much will the study cost?
 
The I-375 Alternatives Study is budgeted at $373,500.00   
 
13) Who will benefit from the study?
 
The study does not have a predetermined solution, and the preferred alternative resulting from this planning will represent the broader transportation and circulation needs of impacted stakeholders.