Built in 1964 along the eastern edge of Downtown, the mile-long highway known as I-375 is getting pretty crumbly. Though in need of repair, the estimated $80 million price tag has given MDOT pause to consider some alternatives, like filling in the underutilized highway to make a pedestrian friendly boulevard. Yes, you are reading correctly: According to Crain's, the very freeway MDOT once yearned to lengthen may now be eliminated, partially or entirely. The boulevard idea is far from certain—even saying it's "likely" seems like a stretch at this point. Where exactly the boulevard would start is unknown (Gratiot or Lafayette seem the most likely), and costs would have to be whittled down enough to be comparable to the $80 million MDOT would otherwise spend on repairs. A decision is expected by next spring.
· Among ideas to revamp I-375: A boulevard [Crain's]