Wednesday, 17 August 2022 10:20

Feds Give $25 Million Grant for Detroit Innovation Corridor

Written by Scott McClallen, The Center Square


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The federal government gave $25 million to rebuild nearly two miles of Michigan Avenue in Wayne County, MI, to create a shared use corridor to include new transit and autonomous vehicle lanes, and restore roadway design.

The Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of Detroit Mobility and Innovation Corridor will receive the $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity discretionary grant. Construction is expected to begin in 2024.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer welcomed the funding for the project. 


“This investment will make Michigan Avenue through Corktown more accessible, facilitating ongoing residential and commercial development in the area,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Getting this done will create and support good-paying construction and auto-related jobs and ensure that Michigan continues leading the future of mobility. Our leadership in this space continues to grow, building on our legendary Motor City roots.”


The DMIC’s estimated engineering, construction and contingency cost are $50 million.


About $42.7 million will fund the state’s portion of Michigan Avenue, and $7.3 million going toward the city’s portion within the project limits. MDOT will pay $22.7 million, or 45% of the total project costs.


Whitmer touted several nearby projects subsidized by millions of taxpayer dollars, including a 1-mile stretch of road in Detroit meant to charge electric vehicles while driving by 2023, costing taxpayers $1.9 million.


“Not far from this new, high-tech corridor, Ford and Google are turning the historic Michigan Central Station into a hub for advanced mobility entrepreneurs, a new wireless charging road for electric vehicles is being built, and all around Lake Michigan, we are installing electric vehicle chargers, to create the best clean energy road trip in America,” Whitmer said. “Michigan is on the move, and every region of our state is creating good-paying jobs and building the future of mobility."


Other expensive tech projects in the Metro Detroit area include...

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