Overview of Project

MDOT I-94 shield

Nearly 30 years ago, MDOT recognized the need to reconstruct I-94 in Detroit. In the 1990s, the department conducted an extensive Environmental Impact Study (EIS) aimed at (among other things) building community consensus on how to repair I-94. In 2005, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a record of decision (ROD) that approved the reconstruction of a 6.7-mile segment of the freeway in the city of Detroit, from just east of the I-94/I-96 interchange to east of Conner Avenue. Among the key features of the project were:

  • Reconstruction of two freeway-to-freeway multi-level interchanges, 67 bridge structures and six railroad overpasses,
  • Local access improvements, including the addition of continuous service drives along I-94, and
  • Elimination of freeway left-hand exits and entrances.

MDOT is formally reevaluating the original I-94 conceptual plan approved by the FHWA in 2005. The reevaluation will include collecting and analyzing new traffic data, verifying the need for additional lanes, wider bridges, and the scope of local access improvements, including multi-modal considerations.

MDOT also will reengage the public for their ideas, thoughts and concerns to help ensure that the I-94 modernization project aligns with future local, regional and national needs.  Customers who live within or use the corridor will be invited to provide their input through participation in community meetings, surveys and social media.  MDOT will develop a new website and disseminate updated information about the importance, benefits and choices to be made about the project.

Due to the poor condition of specific bridges over I-94, MDOT will be hiring consultants to prepare the final design plans for the advanced bridges by summer 2015 to expedite their replacement in 2016-2018.