Protected bike lanes coming to Grand River Ave. in Detroit

Grand River Avenue looking toward downtown Detroit. | Photo via gab482

We got a good rundown on planned bike lane installations during a recent Daily Detroit Happy Hour episode with Todd Scott of the Detroit Greenways Coalition. Now comes the news of a project not previously mentioned.

The Michigan Department of Transportation and the city of Detroit are proposing the addition of protected bike lanes on Grand River Avenue between Cass Avenue, in downtown Detroit, and I-94. That section passes by the new Beacon Park downtown and neighborhoods including Woodbridge, North Corktown and Core City.

The proposal is part of a $1.5 million “road diet” the two agencies envision. It would entail converting the seven-lane roadway to five lanes for vehicles, protected bike lanes in both directions and some on-street parking.

The project also includes resurfacing and sidewalk reconstruction along the entire 2-mile section of Grand River.

Meanwhile, work has already begun to install protected bike lanes and other amenities on Cass Avenue from downtown to the New Center, Scott reports.

The work is part of ongoing efforts to boost bike and pedestrian options for residents, visitors and people who work in Detroit led by the city’s planning director, Maurice Cox.

A public meeting to discuss the Grand River project is planned from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, 3111 Grand River Ave.


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