Ground broke this week on Phase 3 of the new Midtown Greenway Loop, a 3.5 mile urban greenway designed to link Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center (among other Midtown campuses). The loop, which started construction in 2012, will allow pedestrians and bikers to connect to New Center, Downtown and the river. The Midtown Loop will include bike lanes, crosswalks, and LED lighting. Landscaping will create a park setting, set off by waves of multi-colored pavement.
Interactive loop bike and pedestrian counters will track frequency of use for the loop. Nearly four miles of Cass Avenue will have added bike lanes that when combined with other lans on city streets will help the loop greenway project to offer bike connections to many Detroit landmarks. In addition to its 3.5 miles of trails, the midtown loop will feature 12-foot-wide walkways that follow the existing street patterns. The greenway will have pet drinking fountains, sculpture, benches, way-finding signage, and pet waste disposal facilities (all-important where Detroit dogs are concerned).
When all four phases of the $8 Million project are complete, Detroit will have a a 2-mile loop connecting the Wayne State and the DMC and a 1.5 mile connection allowing pedestrian and bike traffic from Eastern Market to the Dequindre Cut and from the Cut to the river.