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E-M:/ Free Press: Go Slowly on I-94 Widening Plan
- Subject: E-M:/ Free Press: Go Slowly on I-94 Widening Plan
- From: "Karen D. Kendrick-Hands" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2001 12:56:15 -0700
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I am forwarding this message from
Kelly Thayer, Michigan Land Use Institute
One caveat - either the 842 million is way high for the
"enhanced no build" option or the $1.3 billion estimate is way
low for the full 24 lane expansion. Also the Draft Environmental
Impact Statement is curiously silent that this expansion is only phase
one. MDOT has similar plans for I-94 all the way from Wyoming Ave
on Detroit's west side to I- 696 in Macomb County. What would the price
tag for phases 2 and 3 be?
JUst to keep you on your toes, MDOT doesn't think there are enough
environmental impacts on the proposed widening of I-75 in Oakland County
to warrant a full EIS there either.
Free Press: Go Slowly on I-94 Widening Plan
The Free Press today has an editorial praising the extension of the
public comment period for the $1.3 billion I-94 widening in Detroit. And
the editorial calls for MDOT to go slowly in making a decision on the
project, to allow on-going transit plans in Southeast Michigan to be
I have two points to make about the I-94 project:
1. Kudos to Coalition member Transportation Riders United for leading
the networking effort with other groups on the I-94 project. The effort
succeeded in gaining Sen. Carl Levin's help in calling for an extension
of the public comment period.
2. If you're not in Detroit and you're wondering why this all matters to
you, consider this: MDOT wants to spend $1.3 billion on this 7-mile
widening. That amount of money could build regional rapid-bus or rail
systems in up to 10 metro areas. There's plenty of cash for
transit in Michigan, if MDOT would stop pouring it into new and wider
Detroit Free Press editorial:
Longer comment period can help build better plan
April 5, 2001
The Michigan Department of Transportation has wisely extended the comment
period on a more than $1-billion plan to rebuild and widen I-94 in
MDOT wants to widen I-94, from I-96 to Conner, from six lanes to eight,
add auxiliary lanes and service drives, and redo inadequate interchanges
at the Lodge and I-75. Estimated cost: nearly $1.3 billion.
At a bare minimum, the 45-year-old freeway must be rebuilt. That alone
would cost an estimated $842 million -- almost a half billion less.
But MDOT argues that I-94 needs the added investment of widening to
handle future traffic loads, including more truck traffic.
Opponents of widening, citing I-696 as proof, say trying to build out of
congestion is not only costly but often futile. Instead, they want more
money funneled into mass transit -- buses and light rail -- that would
The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments will release a regional
transit plan in October. That should show to what extent -- if any --
mass transit can ease traffic on
I-94. Until then, it makes sense to delay any final decision on plans for
the seven miles of freeway.
Citizens can express their views by contacting the Michigan Department of
Jose Lopez, public hearings officer, MDOT,
P.O. Box 30050, Lansing 48909; by e-mail:
email@example.com; or fax: 517-373-9255.
Gov. John Engler's office can be contacted at P.O. Box 30013, Lansing
48909; phone: 517-335-7858; e-mail: follow "Contact the
Governor" prompt at
Write to your state representative at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing 48909.
Write to your senator at P.O. Box 30036, Lansing 48909.
*For information Michigan Transportation & Land Use Coalition
membership and top priorities, go to
Mr. Kelly Thayer
Transportation Project Coordinator
Michigan Land Use Institute
P.O. Box 228
845 Michigan Ave.
Benzonia, MI 49616
Karen D. Kendrick-Hands, President
Transportation Riders United
1067 Devonshire Road
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
313.885.7588, fax 313.885.7883
Check out TRU's web page at
Try the Motranzit site, too - http://www.hometown.aol.com/motranzit
Also check out www.transitdetroit.freeservers.com &
If you don't ask the right questions, you will never get to the right answers . . .