I-375 Planning Project - Background

I-375 MapI-375 — a major gateway to Downtown Detroit is coming due for major repairs soon, so the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Detroit Downtown Development Authority (DDA) are asking the question, “Does the current configuration of I-375 really serve the needs of Detroit today – and into the foreseeable future?”
An opportunity exists to investigate multiple alternatives and develop a new concept for the I-375 corridor that would preserve the transportation function, but also create a place for economic and community development consistent with the emerging urban nature of the area.   Conceivably, the footprint of the new corridor could be narrower than the existing freeway, creating excess property available for redevelopment or for public space or district buffering, in ways that are consistent with the urban-residential and commercial characteristics of a thriving downtown. 
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