Welcome to Friday Open Threads, wherein we'll pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, and more. Have something you want discussed? Let us know. This week’s topic: Reconfiguring a freeway.
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about I-375. Early this year, it was named one of the worst urban highways in America. MDOT has talked about reconfiguring it for years, and they’re currently undergoing an I-375 Improvement Study. (More details can be found here.)
State Representative Stephanie Chang has a survey for residents asking for feedback for what they think should happen to the highway.
It’s an interesting proposition now, considering a big section of it is at the intersection where either a jail or a soccer stadium will go. On the other end, the options available give more access to the Riverfront. In between, there are a variety of options. On one side is Greektown; on the other is Lafayette Park.
What would you like to see happen to 375? There are six options on the table:
#1 Reconstruct it as is, with improvements. This option keeps 375 as is, with pavement improvements to the freeway, and structural improvements to the bridges and off-ramps.
#2 Improve freeway, add Riverfront connector. This option would also keep it similar to its current state, with structural improvements, plus bike lanes to the service drive and a connection to the Riverfront.
#3 Reconstruct at Lafayette. This alternative would shift the freeway at Lafayette, with a surface street at Larned. Some land could be available for development between Woodbridge and Jefferson, and a Riverfront connection would be added.
#4 Boulevard on the east edge. This would turn the freeway into a surface street at Gratiot, with land available for development where the western service drive is, and bike/pedestrian path to the east of the road.
#5 Boulevard on the west edge. Two-way traffic on the NB service drive, with land development to the west. Freeway becomes surface street at Gratiot, with green space in the median.
#6 Two one-way streets with depressed greenway. Freeway turns into two-one way streets, with large greenway in the middle
Discuss in the comments, and vote in the poll below.
What’s the best option for 375?
This poll is closed
#1 Reconstruct it as is, with improvements
#2 Improve freeway, add Riverfront connector
#3 Reconstruct at Lafayette
#4 Boulevard on the East Edge
#5 Boulevard on the west edge
#6 Two one-way streets with depressed greenway
#7 Other (explain in comments)