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. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking the Biden administration for 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 to a six-lane boulevard at street level. The $1 trillion U.S. infrastructure law enacted last week includes $1 billion to reconnect communities that were divided to make room for freeways.

Black Bottom and Paradise Valley, two predominantly African American neighborhoods, were razed in the late 1950s and early 1960s to build I-375.

Whitmer has invited Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to tour the area.

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