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 gather public input from interested parties about the next steps involved in the I-375 environmental study in Detroit. The open house will focus on the requirements set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). A formal presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m., followed by a community conversation format from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.           

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

WHEN/WHERE:
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
5 - 7:30 p.m.


Eastern Market Shed 5
2934 Russell 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 in collaboration with the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. (DEGC) and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (DRFC) completed a Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) study on the current I-375 freeway in downtown Detroit. The results of the study indicated that something must be done with the 50-year-old-plus freeway due to its outdated design and the poor condition of the infrastructure. The study determined that a transformation of the freeway to a surface street was feasible, although a final determination could not be reached due to more required study. Six illustrative alternatives were developed and shared with the public and stakeholders during the PEL study.

In 2017, MDOT, the City of Detroit, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have launched an Environmental Assessment (EA) study to further review traffic operations, social, economic and environmental impacts, engage the public, and analyze how study alternatives fit with city planning initiatives.

A review of the previous PEL study, the six alternatives, and submitting comments can be obtained by visiting www.michigan.gov/i375study.