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I-375 Reconnecting Communities Project

A rendering of the future of I-375 leading down to the waterfront.
Department of Transportation

I-375 Reconnecting Communities Project

Through the I-375 Reconnecting Communities Project, MDOT plans to convert the depressed I-375 freeway in Detroit to a street-level boulevard. The project provides a solution that considers safety, connectivity and operations while addressing existing and future transportation needs for all users. 

Construction is currently planned to start in 2025.

In 2023, MDOT heard concerns about the number of lanes on the new boulevard from the community. Understanding that COVID-19 has had an impact on the way that people travel, over the past few months the project team collected new traffic data to determine if a reduction in lanes is feasible. The new data has indicated a reduction in the peak traffic volumes that provides the flexibility needed to reduce the number of lanes in the boulevard, rebuild with a smaller footprint, and increase local connectivity in the I-75/I-375 interchange area.



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Engagement opportunities  

As MDOT moves into the next phases of the project, there will be many more opportunities for community input and participation. MDOT is planning several public meetings throughout the design and building of the project, including discussions on:

  • Historical acknowledgments of impacts caused by the original building of the I-375 freeway and honoring the past.
  • Development and implementation of a land use framework plan and a corridor aesthetics plan to identify land use of the excess property and the look and feel of the new boulevard.
  • Development and implementation of a community enhancements plan to use the value of the excess property to help the community.
  • Maintenance of traffic plans for construction.

Business support opportunities  

JN 130035, CS 82111, 82195, 82196, 82251, 82072

RFP #1 Strategic messaging and media strategies
MDOT has requested proposals from qualified firms to provide strategic messaging and social/traditional media strategist services for the I-375 Reconnecting Communities Project. MDOT is in the process of making a selection, which will be announced in August 2024.

Questions? Contact Jonathan Loree, P.E., senior project manager, MDOT Metro Region.

Disadvantage Business Enterprise/Small Business Enterprise

MDOT intends to honor the legacy of workforce and business diversity of the former Black Bottom and Paradise Valley neighborhoods’ residents through a robust Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and local workforce development initiatives designed to optimize the use of Detroit-based, minority-owned businesses and workforce in the execution of the pre-construction, construction, and post-construction services. This will include engagement and outreach programs that focus on training, matchmaking, and recruitment of certified DBEs and Small Business Enterprises (SBE).

I-375 DBE/SBE information