- Associated Press - Sunday, June 8, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Officials released details Sunday on six alternative versions for the redesign of Interstate 375, a spur off of I-75 that feeds into downtown Detroit.

The Detroit Economic Growth Corp. posted illustrations of the plans online Sunday. Cost estimates run from $40 million to $80 million, depending on which plan is followed.

A public meeting to describe and get comments on the plans is scheduled for 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Detroit Eastern Market Shed 5.

One plan would reconstruct I-375 along the lines of its current design, with some ramp improvements. The other plans all include traffic links between the expressway and Atwater Street, the surface road that’s closest to the Detroit River.

Three of the plans call for shortening I-375 by starting the transition to surface streets farther north.

Will Tamminga, a project director with the development agency, said the eventual project could involve blending several of the options, depending on what the public says.

“We may get such strong reactions on elements … you end up with something of a hybrid,” Tamminga told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s entirely possible.”

Planners drafted the alternatives after a public meeting in February at which more than 100 people expressed opinions, he said.

“Since then we have used community input along with technical data to explore feasible alternatives and create the designs,” Tamminga said. “We are very excited to hear more from the community about these options.”

Groups collaborating on the plans include the Downtown Development Authority, Michigan Department of Transportation and Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. And officials say they hope the project that is ultimately picked will spur efforts to renew downtown Detroit as the city emerges from federal bankruptcy protection.

I-375 “provides access to residential, business and entertainment districts in the city of Detroit,” project spokeswoman Sharon McMurray told The Detroit News. “The project is significant to the city’s overall redevelopment plan.”

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Online:

I-375 plans: https://I375Detroit.com

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