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E-M:/ $1.3 billion I-94 widening in Detroit: March 6 & 7 Public Hearings Set
- Subject: E-M:/ $1.3 billion I-94 widening in Detroit: March 6 & 7 Public Hearings Set
- From: Kelly Thayer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 16:51:02 -0500
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Feb. 28, 2001
FROM: Kelly Thayer, Michigan Land Use Institute
$1.3 billion I-94 widening in Detroit:
March 6-7 Public Hearings Set
The Michigan Department of Transportation's proposal to spend $1.3
billion to widen a seven-mile stretch of I-94 in Detroit is open to
public comment until March 27. The freeway would be 8 lanes wide, with 6
lanes of service drives, and room for 4 future lanes of freeway.
MDOT plans public meetings on March 6 & 7. The times and locations
are detailed in the state's press release (below), along with information
on how to get a copy of the state's I-94 study.
The proposal's $1.3 billion price tag is equal to MDOT's entire annual
expenditure on road and bridge repair and construction throughout
Michigan. It's nearly 10 times the state's annual funding for local bus
service. One-third of Detroit households do not own a car. Families in
Southeast Michigan now spend more on transportation costs than they do on
food and health care combined.
There are better ways to move people and goods in metro Detroit, while
improving air quality, protecting public health, and promoting smart land
use. In fact, this portion of Detroit is the focus of several rail
studies and plans.
Michigan’s Congressional delegation has
directed the state transportation department to consider rail options by
earmarking funds for these studies:
Lansing (via Howell & Ann Arbor) to Detroit Commuter Rail --
To learn more, go to the Capital Area Transit Authority web site:
Downtown Detroit to Metro Airport Commuter Rail By May, the
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments expects its consultants to
complete a study of commuter rail service between downtown Detroit and
Detroit Metropolitan Airport. For more information, contact Carmine
Palombo, Director of Transportation, SEMCOG, (313) 961-4266 or via e-mail
Truly Fast Buses
Detroit's Metropolitan Affairs Coalition is considering a train-like
rapid bus system, with bus-only lanes and on-board devices that turn
traffic lights green as the buses approach. You can learn more about
Detroit’s “SpeedLink” study at
Some of the Metro Detroit groups working to promote better mobility
for everyone include:
Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES) -
Contact Janice Joseph or Vicky Kovari at 313-838-3190
Transportation Riders United (TRU)- Contact Karen Kendrick-Hands
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice - (DWEJ) - Contact
Terrace Lang at 313-821-
Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers (MARP) - Contact John
DeLora at 810-772-7842.
Public Interest Research Group in Michigan (PIRGIM) - Contact
Brian Imus at 734-662-6597
MDOT Press Release:
For Immediate Release. February 27, 2001
Contact: Brenda Peek Office of Communications 248-483-5100
Public Hearing Advisory For Proposed I-94 Rehabilitation Project
Area businesses, residents and motorists encouraged to attend one of
WHAT: The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is
hosting an open-house-style public hearing to solicit input on the Draft
Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) prepared for the proposed I-94
rehabilitation project. The limits of this project extend from I-96 to
Conner Avenue and include the rehabilitation of the Lodge Freeway (M-10)
and I-75 (Fisher Freeway) interchanges.
WHO: MDOT staff and department consultants will be
available to discuss the DEIS and project-related questions.
Comments can also be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to: José A. López, Public
Hearings Officer, Bureau of Transportation Planning, Michigan Department
of Transportation, P.O. Box 30050, Lansing, Michigan 48909; fax: (517)
373-9255; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN: Day One: Monday, March 5, 2001
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Day Two: Tuesday, March 6, 2001
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Day One: Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Day Two: Kettering High
Van Dyke Avenue
Court reporters will transcribe official comments from those attending
the hearings. Copies of the DEIS and summaries are available for review
during normal business hours at: Detroit Neighborhood City Halls (at
12048 Grand River, 106 CAY Municipal Building, 7737 Kercheval, and 13303
W. McNichols); four Detroit Public Library locations (Main Branch at 5201
Woodward Ave., Duffield Branch at 2507 W. Grand Blvd., Chandler Park
Branch at 12800 Harper, and the Mark Twain Branch at 8500 Gratiot);
Neighborhood Service Organization - Harper/Gratiot Multi-Service Center
at 9641 Harper; Wayne County Commission's Department of Public Affairs at
600 Randolph St.; Warren/Conner Development Coalition, 11148 Harper;
MDOT's Region Office, 18101 W. Nine Mile Road, Southfield; and MDOT's
Detroit Transportation Service Center, 723 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit; and
MDOT Bureau of Transportation Planning, 425 W. Ottawa, Lansing.
The public comment period will end on March 27, 2001.
Mr. Kelly Thayer
Transportation Project Coordinator
Michigan Land Use Institute
P.O. Box 228
845 Michigan Ave.
Benzonia, MI 49616