The fate of Detroit’s Chrysler Freeway—the public considers alternatives

Recently SSTI reported on the possibility of the City of Detroit removing I-375, also named the Chrysler Freeway. Now a consultant team has released six alternatives for what might replace it. A lively conversation about the fate of this 1.062-mile interstate spur has begun. Regardless of the chosen alternative, this project will shape how the revitalization of Detroit’s cultural, education, and arts district proceeds and is worthy of a rigorous public comment period and open discussion between the various stakeholders affected by the project.

Canada to purchase land for new Detroit bridge before U.S. funding set

Determined to keep the New International Trade Crossing moving forward, Canada has announced they will begin purchasing property in the distressed Delray neighborhood of Detroit. While Canada is already planning on paying for almost the entire bridge, including the approaches and connections to the interstate in Michigan, it has been waiting for U.S. funding assurances for the customs plaza on the Detroit side. Frustrated by a lack of a commitment by the U.S., consul-general Roy Norton told the Detroit Free-Press that Canada feels the project is too important to delay any further.

Redefining mobility in the Motor City—the fate of I-375

Detroit, home to the nation’s Big Three automakers, fully embraced the construction of the interstate highway through its urban core. The fact that this city, the epicenter of car culture, finds itself considering the removal of a freeway is a clear sign that transportation priorities in urban areas have shifted. The Motor City’s evolving approach to livability, quality of life, and revitalization are pushing a reconsideration of the fate of I-375, also known as the Chrysler Freeway.

Michigan Odyssey reveals transit realities

In late March, 15 transportation advocates embarked on a cross-state trip of Michigan using only local and regional transit. Along the way they met with local and state officials and transit advocates. Their experiences highlight both where transit is lacking in Michigan as well as how it could become an economic driver and preferred transportation choice in the future.