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SEMCOG provides $10M for biking and walking projects in Southeast Michigan

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Including four projects in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park at over $2 million

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The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) recently announced $10 million in funding for 19 infrastructure projects around the region. As part of its Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), the projects are aimed at increasing access to biking and walking options, as well as growing connections between the various regional pathways.

In Detroit, $1 million was allocated for expansion of the Detroit Riverwalk. This coincides with the many other infrastructure changes taking place along the expanded and redeveloped Riverwalk. Most recently, the Joseph Campau Greenway broke ground—it’s expected to be finished by fall 2020 at a cost of $4.9 million.

SEMCOG is also providing $324,000 for protected bike lanes on Adams Road near Grand Circus Park. Currently there are very few bike lanes downtown, but about 2.73 miles have been proposed and are awaiting funding.

The regional planning council also provided funding for non-motorized facilities improvements along Joseph Campau in Hamtramck ($511,788) and bike lanes along Hamilton Avenue in Highland Park ($336,030).

“Walking and biking improvements implement regional planning priorities, offering transportation choices, promoting safety for all road users, and improving quality of life in Southeast Michigan,” said Kathleen Lomako, executive director of SEMCOG, in a release.

All four Southeast Michigan counties were awarded funding. View the full list here.

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