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MDOT open house May 15 to reconstruct the Church Street Plaza Bridge over I-696 at Victoria Park in Oak Park

OAK PARK, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hosting a public open house to discuss the proposed reconstruction of the Church Street Plaza Bridge over I-696 at Victoria Park. Presentations and experts to answer questions will be available.

Interested residents
Community leaders
MDOT staff and consultants

4– 6:30 pm 
Monday, May 15
Presentations at 4:15 and 5:45 p.m.

Oak Park City Hall
14000 Oak Park Blvd.
Oak Park, MI 48237

Accommodations can be made for persons who require mobility, visual, hearing, written, or other assistance for participation. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers are available upon request. Please contact Orlando Curry at 517-335-4381 or complete Form 2658 for American Sign Language (ASL) located on the Title VI webpage: Requests should be made at least five days prior to the meeting date. Reasonable efforts will be made to provide the requested accommodation or an effective alternative, but accommodations may not be guaranteed.

Project background:
MDOT is replacing the Church Street Plaza Bridge over I-696 in the city of Oak Park. The proposed work will entail removal and replacement of the superstructure along with rebuilding the recreational areas of the plaza. The new recreational areas will include all the existing elements, such as the playground. Additional elements are under consideration to make it a more inclusive and accessible space for everyone regardless of age, ability, or background. MDOT is seeking input at New Elements for Z03 Plaza (Victoria Park) Over I-696.

To complete the removal and reconstruction of the Church Street Plaza Bridge over I-696, MDOT is proposing closures of the plaza during construction, including some of the adjacent park area and ball fields within Victoria Park. Pedestrian and bicycle detours also will need to be in place during construction. 

Public comment:
Public input is being sought to help recognize and address any public concerns that may result from any impacts to Victoria Park per a proposed de minimis impact finding under Section 4(f) of U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966. Comments can be submitted via an online comment form, e-mail, and in-person at the public meeting. Provide your comments by May 29, 2023.

Monica Monsma
MDOT Environmental Services Section
425 West Ottawa St. 
P.O. Box 30050 
Lansing, MI 48909

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