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Re: E-M:/ Report from I-75 MDOT hearing



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Enviro-Mich message from Conan Smith <conanmec@voyager.net>
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The Oakland Press reported that the bulk of the folk at this public hearing
support a public transit option over a massive rebuild.  Kudos to everyone who
made this point!

Alex J. Sagady & Associates wrote:

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> Subject: RE: Expansion of I75 in Oakland Co
> Date: Wed, 18 Aug 1999 22:22:17 -0400
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> I just got back from the MDOT public meeting in
> Troy regarding I-75.  In a nutshell, here's what's
> going on:
>
> * A consulting firm is being paid $400k to study
> and propose changes to improve traffic congestion
> in the I-75 corridor.
>
> * MDOT has over $100 million to spend on capacity
> improvements and another $50 on evaluation studies.
>
> * State Rep. Pappageorge (sp?) made the point that
> the State should spend transportation monies on
> relieving congestion in developed areas to reduce
> the flight of businesses and residents to less
> crowded, rural areas.  (However, I didn't appreciate
> the way he prefaced his point with a condesending
> "You can tell those environmentalists...")
>
> * Public input is still being collected so please
> give your opinion by calling 977-gofix75 or by
> sending written comments to:
>
>   I-75 Corridor Study
>   2210 Lancaster
>   Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302
>
> If you give them your name and address they can add
> you to their mailing list for information on future
> meetings.
>
> [Cyclists:  What can you tell them?  Do you have a hard
> time getting across I-75?  M-59?  Do these highways
> greatly limit your safe riding area?  Do they encourage
> you to drive places when you'd rather ride because there's
> no safe alternative?  Do you want them to keep the
> potential rail-trail right-of-way over I-75 near South
> Boulevard?  Please let MDOT know.  If you don't let them
> know, you have no grounds for complaining later.]
>
> What did I tell them?  I stole some ideas from others
> and said that no matter what solution is chosen (e.g. lane
> expansion, light rail) non-motorized transportation must
> be a part of the solution.  The three biggest barriers
> to non-motorized transportation (NMT) in this area are Woodward,
> the Grand Truck Railway, and I-75.  I told them how the
> latter forces NMT onto busy and unsafe mile roads.  I gave
> an example of how my bike commute used to cross I-75 at
> 14 Mile and how I'd been hit a couple times there.  I
> mentioned how these barriers separated the communities.  I
> also added that the parks above I-696 were one means for
> reducing this separation.
>
> Afterwards I spoke with Andrew Zeigler, a Regional Planner
> for MDOT in the Metro region.  He seemed very receptive to
> non-motorized public input and strongly enouraged me to
> provide more detailed input on possible improvements to this
> region's transportation situation.
>
> Todd Scott
> MMBA SE President
>
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