MDOT publishes Notice of Intent to prepare Supplemental EIS for I-94 modernization in Detroit

Contact: Rob Morosi, MDOT Office of Communications, 248-483-5107
Agency: Transportation

June 13, 2017 -- A Notice of Intent (NOI) will be published in the Federal Register announcing the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) regarding the modernization of I-94 in Detroit. The SEIS will address using existing roads as local connections to the service drives and interchanges, local access ramp modifications to and from I-94 at M-10 (Lodge Freeway) and I-75, and converting some existing pedestrian bridges to the Complete Streets model.

In December 2004, the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the modernization of I-94 in Detroit was approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The project includes reconstructing nearly 7 miles of freeway between Conner Avenue and the I-96 interchange, constructing an additional through-lane in each direction, replacing more than 60 bridges, and modernizing the interchanges at I-75 and M-10 (Lodge Freeway). In December 2005, a Record of Decision (ROD) was issued that allowed MDOT to move forward with final design and construction activities.

In summer 2015, MDOT hosted open houses in Detroit where feedback gathered from the public focused primarily on local neighborhood connectivity. MDOT elicited members of the Detroit Planning Department to assist in further development of connectivity improvements over the freeway, which included 2016 workshops to review changes in neighborhood mobility and future visions for city residents. The results of the workshops reflected modifications to the original EIS without expanding the footprint of the freeway design. These modifications were presented to the public in fall 2016 at a second round of MDOT-hosted open houses in Detroit.

Following the publication of the draft SEIS, MDOT will schedule a public hearing to solicit public comments. The date, location and time of the public hearing will be announced through a Notice of Availability widely published in the local media and on the project website (www.michigan.gov/94detroit) at the appropriate time.