A nearly 2 mile stretch of Michigan Avenue from Woodward to I-96 will see improvements including transit lanes and autonomous vehicle lanes. The Michigan Department of Transportation was awarded a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE ) grant from the federal government for the project.
The section of Michigan Avenue runs from downtown through Corktown, past Michigan Central Station. This section will see increased usage in the upcoming years, with Ford's work at Michigan Central, the Godfrey Hotel near downtown, and a larger residential building under construction at Michigan and Church.
Additional improvements include replacing older brick pavers with new ones, adding curb bump-outs and mid-block crossings, and adding dedicated turn lanes. Right now, bus stops are separated from buses by bike and parking lanes; stops will be relocated to the middle of the street, along with adding safer shelter and seating. We can see this in the rendering above, located at Michigan and Trumbull, with added bus lanes and shelters. Improvements should make it safer for all modes of transportation.
The Biden administration announced $2.2 billion in RAISE grants across the country, including a planning grant in Kalamazoo, a planning grant for a train running from southeast Michigan to northern Michigan, and improvements to roads on tribal land near Sault Ste. Marie.