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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.

MDOT, in partnership with the City of Detroit, is beginning design work for the Selected Alternative, which was identified when MDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) completed the environmental review process and completed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) document. A FONSI is the final National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decision document required to move forward with the I-375 project. The Selected Alternative will replace I-375 with a six-lane boulevard at current city street level from I-75 to Jefferson Avenue and transition to a four-lane boulevard from Jefferson Avenue to Atwater Street. The existing I-75/I-375 interchange would be rebuilt with a smaller footprint and enhanced connectivity.

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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.

Aesthetic Preferences

An online survey is available for you to vote on your aesthetic preferences. The project team is looking for your feedback on:

  • Previously reviewed streetscape alternatives 2 and 3
  • Light fixtures
  • Bridge types
  • Retaining wall textures

Vote on Aesthetic Preferences

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