The Michigan Department of Transportation will present its two “practical alternatives” for I-375 in Detroit to the public Dec. 5.
The open house-style meeting will begin at 4 p.m. at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Adventure Center at 1802 Atwater St. MDOT and city of Detroit Planning Department officials and consultants will present the plans and hear public feedback in a pair of presentations at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The state, city and Federal Highway Administration will analyze the proposals in its environmental assessment to be completed next year. MDOT says changes to the freeway are necessary to meet the progress of developments downtown and improve the existing transportation infrastructure.
The plans stem from a list of six alternatives yielded after MDOT, the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and the city of Detroit in 2014 commissioned the Planning and Environmental Linkage study that revealed the freeway is outdated and in poor condition. One of those proposals would turn the freeway, which connects Jefferson Avenue to I-75, into a surface street.