MDOT meeting Feb. 27 to discuss M-3 (Gratiot Avenue) bridge reconstruction, removing I-94 pedestrian bridges

Contact: Diane Cross, MDOT Office of Communications
248-483-5127
Agency: Transportation

WHAT:
An open house-style meeting to share information on the removal and reconstruction of the of the M-3 (Gratiot Avenue) bridge over I-94 in Detroit. The project also includes removing three closed pedestrian bridge structures over I-94 at Helen Street, Springfield Street, and Rohns Street. There will be exhibits displaying construction schedules, detours, and other information.

WHO:
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) staff
Project Consultants and Contractors
Residents and interested stakeholders                       

WHEN:
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
5:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
New Mt. Carmel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ
6136 Pennsylvania Ave.
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 517-373-9534 to request at least seven days before meeting date.

BACKGROUND:
The Michigan Department of Transportation is investing $24 million this year to address the bridges over I-94 on Detroit's east side. In addition to the reconstruction of the M-3 bridge and the demolition of three closed pedestrian bridge structures, the Chene Street bridge is also being demolished and reconstructed. The project is expected to be completed in November.

Project map: https://goo.gl/kCzCJT

SAFETY BENEFITS:
The replacement of the M-3 overpass will improve safety as the new bridge adds a dedicated left turn lane in each direction. Sidewalks will also be widened and planter boxes added to create a barrier to protect pedestrians from traffic.

TRAFFIC IMPACT:
The M-3 bridge will be reconstructed in two stages with work performed on one half of the bridge and traffic shifted to the other half. This will allow M-3 to remain open with at least one lane open for both eastbound and westbound traffic. The westbound ramps to and from M-3 will remain closed through November.

 

Scheduled to begin Monday, Feb. 26, the right lane of southbound Gratiot Avenue will be closed over I-94 to begin the process of removing the existing sidewalk and repaving the area for traffic use on half the bridge during construction.