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MDOT publishes I-475 PEL study in Genesee County

Davison, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) invites the public to view the published I-475 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study in Genesee County. A virtual question and answer session will be held 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, to engage with the public and receive any additional questions or concerns as MDOT moves into the development phase to rebuild the I-475 corridor.

Through this comprehensive study, MDOT evaluated environmental and traffic safety issues, and engaged the community in discussions regarding the long-term goals of the corridor.

Interested residents
Community stakeholders
Local businesses         

5-6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023

I-475 PEL Virtual Q&A

Attendees who require mobility, visual, hearing, written or other assistance for effective participation should contact Orlando Curry at 517-241-7462 or, preferably at least five business days prior to the scheduled meeting. Forms are located on the Title VI webpage. Requests made after this timeframe will be evaluated and honored to the extent possible.

Project information:
The I-475 PEL study reviewed the corridor from Bristol Road to Carpenter Road. This study was completed to promote a transparent and collaborative decision-making process for the I-475 corridor improvements. The study was used to identify and evaluate alternatives that best meet the project needs and the goals of the community.

Three preliminary alternative concepts were identified and presented to the public. These alternatives were screened with evaluation criteria to identify what alternatives best address the concerns of the community.

Implementing all concepts identified is estimated to more than double the original project costs, from $300 million to more than $700 million. The cost differential requires further evaluation to determine what items of the PEL have the largest impacts on connectivity of the communities. MDOT will also pursue federal grant funding and plan a phased approach to the PEL Acceptable Alternative, while implementing what the department can currently afford. MDOT commits to move the I-475 project forward within the spirit of the PEL study and implement attributes that focus on connectivity of the local communities.

Throughout the upcoming project development phases, MDOT will continue robust public engagement to inform the public and accept feedback on proposed improvements.

Public comment:
Comments can also be submitted prior to the Oct. 5 Q&A using the online comment form, by mail, phone, and e-mail to:

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

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