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Detroit greenway gets funding boost

Funding of US$2m has been awarded for design and preconstruction work on a planned 26-mile recreational path in Detroit.

The grant from the Ralph C Wilson Jr Foundation will fund design plans for all uncompleted portions of 26-mile Inner Circle Greenway (ICG) loop, including recently purchased vacant Conrail railroad property. A deal had been reached last month for acquisition of the rail land (link opens in new tab).

The funds will also pay for overall Inner Circle Greenway framework plan.

“Thanks to the Wilson Foundation, the City of Detroit is one step closer to getting a network of greenways that will take Detroiters from 8 Mile to the Riverfront and everywhere in between,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Whether it’s a resident biking to work or a family heading to one of our parks for a Saturday afternoon, the Inner Circle Greenway is connecting our citizens to everything our city has to offer."

The US$2m will be used to develop design and construction documents for the Conrail property and all remaining unconstructed segments of the ICG, as well as an overarching ICG framework that incorporates the half-mile corridor to either side of the greenway itself.

The pathway is designed to connect the city’s neighborhoods and residents to Detroit assets such as parks, commercial corridors, the riverfront and downtown. The plan makes use of existing paths including the Detroit RiverWalk and Dequindre Cut, as well as upgrading existing bike lanes and build new on and off-road infrastructure to complete the 26-mile loop.

The funding from the Wilson Foundation enables the uncompleted areas of the greenway project can move into the design and pre-construction phases.

“With a careful and thoughtful design that ties together and connects the entire 26-mile greenway, residents will not only have better access to recreation, but also to more goods and services, and educational and employment opportunities,” said David Egner, president and CEO of Ralph C Wilson, Jr Foundation.

A request for proposals for framework consultants will be released in late summer this year. Studies, surveys and the community engagement process with residents living near the greenway will start fall 2017 and wrap up early spring 2018.

The ICG framework will include recommendations for land use and zoning, green infrastructure, connections to public assets such as parks, way-finding, and intersection with local and regional multimodal transportation routes such as the Iron Belle Trail, Smart bus network, and the new Gordie Howe Bridge. The design and construction documentation developed through the project will include public rights of way, boundary, topographic and utility surveys. It will also include traffic analysis, assessment and recommendations, permits and approvals, bridge design and engineering, and construction administration.

The entire ICG project is expected to be complete by fall 2019.

 

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This article was published on 17 Jul 2017 (last updated on 17 Jul 2017).

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