Nearly 30 years ago, MDOT recognized the need to reconstruct I-94 in Detroit. In the 1990s, the department conducted an extensive Environmental Impact Study (EIS) aimed at (among other things) building community consensus on how to repair I-94. In 2005, the Federal Highway Administration issued a record of decision that approved the reconstruction of a 6.7-mile segment of the freeway in the city of Detroit. There are several components to the I-94 Modernization Project, including
- Reconstruction of 6.7 miles of freeway from the I-94/I-96 interchange to east of Conner Avenue.
- Rebuilding 67 bridges and six railroad overpasses.
- Reconstruction of several Advanced Bridges that are in critical or poor condition are currently underway.
- New interchanges at I-94/M-10 Lodge Freeway and the I-94/I-75.
- Elimination of left lane exit and entrance ramps.
- Continuous I-94 service drive from Conner to Trumbull.
In 2017, MDOT announced plans to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to study alternatives proposed by stakeholders that focused on:
- Using existing city streets as local connections instead of building new, continuous service drives adjacent to the freeway as proposed in the original plan.
- Modifying local access ramps to and from I-94, M-10 and I-75.
- Adding "Completed Streets" bridges to provide multi-modal access, making them user-friendly for cars, bikes and pedestrians with wider walkways/paths separated from traffic and landscaping.
Once a Draft SEIS is completed and published, MDOT will provide a 45-day public comment period and schedule a public hearing to solicit public comments.