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Crumbling Bridges, Warehouses Define New Dequindre Cut

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Construction is underway at the Dequindre Cut extension, where another mile of abandoned railroad is being transformed into greenway. This is no easy task. Running from Milwaukee Junction to the riverfront, this spur of the Grand Trunk Railroad was abandoned in the early '80s, allowing plenty of time for vegetation and garbage to take over.

The first half of the Cut travels through Lafayette Park, a manicured landscape cleared of its density in a 50s-era urban renewal project. Not the extension. The new trail tours the old warehouses near Eastern Market, widening where trains would leave the main track to be loaded with cargo. Construction is scheduled to finish up by November 2014.

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1. Beginning of northern extension

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Gratiot Avenue & Dequindre Cut Greenway Trail
Detroit, MI 48207

As it stands today, the Dequindre Cut dead ends at Gratiot Avenue, where 8 lanes of vehicles freshly discharged from I-75 make a crossing near impossible. The new trail will go under the Gratiot overpass, continuing north through the Eastern Market area.

2. Adelaide Bridge

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1871 Adelaide Street
Detroit, MI 48207

The Cut passes under this bridge, which will be rebuilt.

3. Division Bridge

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1870 Division Street
Detroit, MI 48207

Another old bridge in Eastern Market that'll be rebuilt with the extension of the Cut.

4. Alfred Bridge

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1924 Alfred Street
Detroit, MI 48207

For whatever reason, the Alfred Street bridge is being demolished rather than rebuilt. The blight and graffiti is pretty bad right at this spot.

5. EXIT: Midtown Loop/Eastern Market

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1924 Wilkins Street
Detroit, MI 48207

After it's rebuilt, the Wilkins Street bridge will be an access point for the Cut. It'll also hit the Midtown Loop, a simultaneous project adding sidewalk enhancements for bikers and pedestrians.

6. End of Extension

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1910 Mack Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207

The new Cut will end at Mack Avenue, where a path/bike lane known as the Hamtramck Connecter will head east on Mack, and north to Hamtown on St. Aubin.

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1. Beginning of northern extension

Gratiot Avenue & Dequindre Cut Greenway Trail, Detroit, MI 48207

As it stands today, the Dequindre Cut dead ends at Gratiot Avenue, where 8 lanes of vehicles freshly discharged from I-75 make a crossing near impossible. The new trail will go under the Gratiot overpass, continuing north through the Eastern Market area.

Gratiot Avenue & Dequindre Cut Greenway Trail
Detroit, MI 48207

2. Adelaide Bridge

1871 Adelaide Street, Detroit, MI 48207

The Cut passes under this bridge, which will be rebuilt.

1871 Adelaide Street
Detroit, MI 48207

3. Division Bridge

1870 Division Street, Detroit, MI 48207

Another old bridge in Eastern Market that'll be rebuilt with the extension of the Cut.

1870 Division Street
Detroit, MI 48207

4. Alfred Bridge

1924 Alfred Street, Detroit, MI 48207

For whatever reason, the Alfred Street bridge is being demolished rather than rebuilt. The blight and graffiti is pretty bad right at this spot.

1924 Alfred Street
Detroit, MI 48207

5. EXIT: Midtown Loop/Eastern Market

1924 Wilkins Street, Detroit, MI 48207

After it's rebuilt, the Wilkins Street bridge will be an access point for the Cut. It'll also hit the Midtown Loop, a simultaneous project adding sidewalk enhancements for bikers and pedestrians.

1924 Wilkins Street
Detroit, MI 48207

6. End of Extension

1910 Mack Avenue, Detroit, MI 48207

The new Cut will end at Mack Avenue, where a path/bike lane known as the Hamtramck Connecter will head east on Mack, and north to Hamtown on St. Aubin.

1910 Mack Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207