This is a full redesign of a 4-lane street over 2 miles in Detroit, with a “road diet” to convert it into a 2-lane street with integrated Stormwater Management, protected bike lanes, as well as a revitalization of a historic Business Corridor. The $18 million project was led by Spackman Mossop Michaels—with a supporting team of engineers—with the goal of integrating Green Infrastructure, protected bike lanes, and increased pedestrian access and safety. The Complete Streets model for this project involved extensive Community Engagement with the local Business Community, detailed Traffic Studies (including several intersection studies), and an integrated approach to Green Infrastructure.
Completed in the fall of 2020, this project has transformed a struggling commercial corridor into a bustling shopping district—historically called the Avenue of Fashion—and spurred the growth of new business ventures along the corridor. It has been hailed as one of the most successful urban streetscape transformations in the City of Detroit. Green Infrastructure, protected Bike Lanes, Parking, and Economic Development all come together in a seamless way in this project.