MDOT hosting open house to discuss next steps on I-375 environmental study in Detroit

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

WHAT:
An open house-style meeting to update the public on the progress of the study, present the practical alternatives and to gather input from interested parties about further refinements to the I-375 environmental study in Detroit. The open house will focus on the practical alternatives that will be analyzed in the Environmental Assessment (EA) to be completed in 2018. Brief presentations will take place at 5 and 6 p.m. Attendees will be able to discuss the project with staff before and after the presentations.              

WHO:
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) staff
City of Detroit Planning Department staff
Consultant staff
Residents and interested stakeholders                       

WHEN/WHERE:
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
4 - 7:30 p.m.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Adventure Center
1801 Atwater St.
Detroit

Accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities and limited English speaking ability. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers available upon request. Please call 517-373-2227 to request at least seven days before meeting date.

BACKGROUND:
In 2014, MDOT conducted a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study for the I-375 corridor. Six illustrative alternatives were developed as a result of engineering studies and public involvement.

In 2017, funding was identified that allowed MDOT, the City of Detroit, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to launch an EA study. Screening criteria resulted in identifying two practical alternatives to carry forward in the study. Reconstructing the freeway will be carried forward for the duration of the study as a baseline to compare to other alternatives.

The EA will further analyze these practical alternatives, traffic operations, and social, economic and environmental impacts, and engage the public and other stakeholders who will ultimately identify a preferred alternative.  

The public is invited to visit www.michigan.gov/i375study to see a review of the previous PEL study and the six alternatives. Comments can be submitted on the website as well.