Detroit Evening Report: I-375 transformation project receives $105M federal funding

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The I-375 freeway in Detroit will finally be redesigned.

It’s been nearly 60 years since Black neighborhoods were destroyed to create the highway. The more than $100 million award is the first Biden administration grant going towards tearing down divisive roadway.

The grant is among $1.5 billion in transportation grants being handed out earlier today. Advocates say the money is a key first step that will inspire dozens of citizen-led efforts underway in other cities to dismantle highways.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says it will transform the area into a slow boulevard, helping reconnect neighborhoods cut off from one another. The redesign will also include removing the Jefferson Ave. curve and removing weaving and merging areas of the highway.

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Photo Credit: Jake Neher, WDET

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