Whitmer seeks federal funds to convert I-375 to boulevard

FILE- Traffic flows on I-375 near downtown Detroit, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is seeking funding from a new federal program, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, to reconnect neighborhoods, often Black ones, that were razed a half-century ago to make room for highway. Many Detroit residents still mourn the loss of Black Bottom and Paradise Valley, vibrant black business and entertainment districts that were leveled to make room for Interstates 375 and 75 and other projects in the 1950s.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday asked the Biden administration for federal funding to replace Interstate 375, a 1-mile depressed freeway in Detroit that was built by demolishing Black neighborhoods 60 years ago.

The state wants to convert the highway, which connects I-75 directly to Jefferson Avenue, to a six-lane boulevard at street level.

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