DETROIT– Woodward Ave. is officially open to traffic M-1 RAIL and the Michigan Department of Transportation announced at a press conference today.
“The partnership between M-1 RAIL and MDOT is transforming the Woodward Corridor and surrounding neighborhoods,” said M-1 RAIL CEO Matt Cullen. “I want to thank MDOT for bringing this vision to reality and helping set the stage for continued residential and business growth over the next 30 years. The QLINE is already activating the sidewalks and with the completion of roadway construction, we’ll soon begin to see streetcars traveling up and down Woodward Ave.”
The $60 million MDOT and M-1 RAIL collaboration led to the curb-to-curb reconstruction of 2.5 miles Woodward from Sibley Street to Chandler Street and the replacement of the Woodward overpasses at I-94 and I-75. M-1 RAIL also worked with utility providers to install a new drainage system, new streetlights and traffic lights.
“This is more than reconstructing a road, it’s working with local partners and utilities to ensure public infrastructure investments provide the biggest bang for the buck for taxpayers,” said Tony Kratofil, MDOT metro region engineer. “Modernizing the Corridor will bring benefits for the next 40 years beyond the streetcars running up and down Woodward.”
The QLINE is projected to generate $3 billion in development including 10,000 new housing units and 5 million square feet of new commercial space within ten years. To date, $1.3 billion in projects are already completed or under construction. An additional $275 million in development is also underway.