History and Project Milestones

The I-94 Modernization Project has been moving steadily towards our goal to meet new FHWA safety standards. The timeline below describes our progress to date.

  • 1994
  • December
    2004
    • The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for modernizing I-94 is completed by MDOT and approved by the FHWA.
    • Proposed improvements include:
      • The reconstruction of nearly 7 miles of the freeway, from east of the I-96 interchange to east of Conner Avenue, with construction of an additional through-lane in each direction.
      • Freeway-to-freeway interchanges at I-75 (Chrysler Freeway) and M-10 (Lodge Freeway).
      • More than 60 bridges spanning the freeway.
    • Document: Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)
  • December
    2005
    • A Record of Decision (ROD) is issued, allowing MDOT to move forward with final design, right-of-way acquisition and construction activities.
    • Subsequently, a Detailed Engineering Report is completed that provides key information necessary to move the project forward and the Van Dyke, Woodward and Trumbull Avenue bridges are rebuilt.
    • Plans for redesigning and reconstructing other bridges are underway.
    • Document: Record of Decision (ROD)
  • Summer
    2015
    • MDOT hosts open house events in Detroit to gather feedback from the public, primarily on ways to improve local connectivity and mobility.
  • Summer
    2016
    • MDOT holds workshops with the city of Detroit planning and development and engineering departments.
    • Together they review the planning department’s vision for neighborhood mobility and connectivity and look for possible project modifications to help support that vision.
    • Using public and city input, MDOT develops proposed modifications that improve connectivity and better utilize existing surface roads without expanding the freeway footprint.
  • Fall
    2016
    • Proposed modifications are presented to the public for input at a second round of MDOT open house meetings in Detroit.
  • May
    2017
    • MDOT and the City, in response to public feedback from the fall 2016 open house meetings, held another workshop in May 2017 to discuss additional proposed modifications to address public concerns.
  • Summer
    2017
    • MDOT announces plans to prepare a SEIS to address proposed modifications to the project. The process is expected to take at least two years.