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$500 K Complete Streets Project at Eight Mile and Van Dyke Surges Forward

February 06, 2014 11:14 PM | Deleted user

[Rendering designed by Corissa Leveille of 8MBA showcasing some of the planned TAP Grant enhancements]

A complete streets project involving enhancements to the intersection of Eight Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue received a significant boost in momentum with the delivery of a $25K commitment from ITC Holdings Company.

The contribution serves as a portion of matching funds in support of the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant secured by the City of Warren, 8MBA, the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative and other stakeholders, reflecting a total investment of approximately $500K at the intersection.

The City of Warren is the lead agency for this project, which includes an overhaul of the landscape system in the Eight Mile Road medians immediately east and west of the intersection, the installation of stamped concrete crosswalks for the entire intersection, as well as the installation of bicycle lanes on Van Dyke Avenue, running from Warren south across Eight Mile into Detroit.

The bicycle lanes will  carry the Conner Creek Greenway trail north from Detroit into the suburbs, eventually extending north to connect to existing trails, creating a network that runs through Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties linked together at Eight Mile Road.

The landscaping system will promote visibility of these new pedestrian enhancements as well as increased safety, discouraging mid-block crossings by pedestrians.  Warren’s Mayor Jim Fouts also endorsed the project as a worthwhile initiative.

With matching funds and major approvals secured, the project team will solicit bids for implementation work in spring 2014 and construction will finish in fall 2014. The grant includes two years of maintenance for the landscaping enhancements; 8MBA will assume maintenance responsibilities for the gardens starting in 2017, ensuring the long-term aesthetic appeal of the gardens.

Stay tuned for progress updates on this exciting project!

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