Public invited to offer input on what should happen to I-375
The Detroit Downtown Development Authority will gather input from the public next week on alternative proposals to revamp I-375 in downtown Detroit.
It’s the second public meeting scheduled by the DDA, the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Detroit RiverFront Conservatory on possible changes to the mile-long corridor.
Will Tamminga, director of project management at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, says about 150 people attended the first meeting back in February. The DEGC staffs the quasi-public DDA.
“We got lots of input,” he says, adding with the public comment, “we essentially use that to guide us on how we fine-tune the alternative designs.”
Tamminga says project organizers will consider six alternatives, ranging from repairing the road in its current configuration to a surfaced roadway.
Crain’s Detroit Business reported last year the state was considering transforming a section of the corridor into a grade-level boulevard to spur development. Officials told the business weekly, though, it wasn’t a “foregone conclusion” — just one of a numerous ideas being considered.
In the coming months, Tamminga says project organizers will “chew on” the public input, results from an economic impact analysis and a traffic modeling study, and then choose two preferred alternatives for the corridor. Eventually, officials will “drill that down to one alternative.”
“At that point, we’re going to have some pretty interesting conversations internally,” he says.
If you want to chime in, the meeting is slated to take place Thursday, June 12, from 2 to 8 p.m. inside Eastern Market’s Shed 5. The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, which staffs the quasi-public DDA, says brief presentations will be held every two hours beginning at 2 p.m; project reps will be on-site to explain the various concepts.