MDOT will open the floor to the public for comments and concerns about the I-375 corridor and its future. The open comment period ends on February 19.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is looking for public input regarding the I-375 project in Detroit. The project, which has a timeline extending through 2027, will convert the current highway system into a boulevard. 

An official 45 day period opened up on the environmental assessment portion of the I-375 project in January. According to the Federal Highway Administration, with an undertaking as large as this project, there must be an opportunity for public feedback. Last November, a study was released by MDOT outlining the tentative schedule regarding public comment hearings, the design process and future construction plans.

Rob Morosi is the spokesperson for MDOT. He says if there are no serious objections, MDOT will move forward with the proposed alterations. “If there is no significant impact, then we can move forward with design, if there is significant impact, there will be further studies that will be required,” explains Morosi.

Currently, the stretch of freeway is at ground level and the proposed plan is to create a street-level boulevard from Gratiot Avenue to Atwater. 

Anyone interested in commenting on the future of the project can participate in virtual or in-person public hearings. There are multiple ways to be included in the discussion. According to Morosi, “You can submit public comments via email by attending the virtual outreach event, by attending in-person public hearings, all will be part of the official record that will be reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration. And you can even do it via us mail.”

The open comment period ends on February 19.

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  • Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where is had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.