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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 

MDOT hosted a public open house to discuss the I-375 Reconnecting Communities Project in Detroit on Aug. 9. Watch the presentation on demand, which provides project updates, travel times, route maps, and concepts for the visual characteristics of the streetscape design.

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.

Visual Characteristics of the Streetscape: New I-375 Boulevard South of Gratiot Avenue

The I-375 Reconnecting Communities Project is in the middle of determining the aesthetics guide that includes visual characteristics of the streetscape with local advisory committee and the public input. At the August public open house, the public was asked to provide their preference on three different aesthetic alternatives and the different variables that will be part of the streetscape such as planters, benches, etc.

Contact to request accommodation for the any of the alternatives or renderings.