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You can have a voice in what happens to I-375

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Got some ideas for what should happen to I-375? Want someone to listen? Here’s your chance.

290px-Interstate_375_(Michigan)_map_svgThe Detroit Downtown Development Authority is holding an open forum on Thursday, June 12 so the public can learn about and comment on six design alternatives for the I-375 freeway. It will be held from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Detroit Eastern Market Shed 5, 2934 Russell Street.   This will be the second such meeting aimed at evaluating alternatives that address a number of issues, including

  • Define a vibrant entryway into Downtown Detroit and the East Riverfront
  • Make better connections to the Entertainment, East Riverfront, Greektown, Stadium, Convention Center and Eastern Market Districts
  • Improve pedestrian, non-motorized and transit connectivity

To give people a chance to look at the design alternatives before the meeting, renderings and summary information about each one will be posted by noon Sunday, June 8 on the project website: http://I375Detroit.com

“At the first public meeting in February, more than 150 people braved bitterly cold weather to give us their thoughts on what I-375 should look like in the future,” said Will Tamminga, project director at Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. “Since then we have used community input along with technical data to explore feasible alternatives and create the designs that will be on display at Eastern Market.  We are very excited to hear more from the community about these options.”

At the forum you’ll 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 you’ll be able 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
  • Connectivity
  • Economic impact
  • Other information used to generate the alternative

IMG_7235Additional 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. All stations will be staffed by members of the I-375 project team. So while you’re there ask questions, engage in discussions and leave your thoughts in writing at the project idea station. You’ll also be able to rate features of each of the alternatives.

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

The DDA, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (DRFC) have collaborated to study design alternatives that might better suit current and expected development in the area.

More information about the I-375 Alternatives Study can be found at the project website at www.I375Detroit.com. Sign up for future notices or submit comments if you are unable to attend the public meeting at I375detroit@degc.org.

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