MDOT to hold public meeting for input on I-475 corridor project

FLINT — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $300 million to rebuild the I-475 corridor from Bristol Road to Carpenter Road, with work potentially beginning by fall 2023.

MDOT is currently gathering public input regarding all aspects of vehicular, nonmotorized, and transit transportation needs in the project area.

The state will hold a meeting for the public to give its input into the future of the I-475 corridor, which runs through Burton, Flint, Mount Morris Township and Grand Blanc Township, on Sept. 15 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Flint Farmer’s Market, 300 E. First St., Flint.

Carissa McQuiston, cost and scheduling engineer with the MDOT Davison Transportation Service Center, said she is heading the team looking into the reconstruction of I-475 starting with the current work being done, trying to gauge public interest.

The study, she said, will span the entire I-475 corridor from the southern I-75 interchange in Grand Blanc Township to the northern interchange near Mt. Morris Township.

Quarterly meetings are being held to continue discussing needs and design aspects regarding several phases of the project. These projects are made possible through funding provided by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan program.

“We will be holding a public meeting on the future of the I-475 corridor,” said McQuiston in a recent information spot MDOT posted on Facebook. “This will be an important kickoff meeting to get your input as we determine alternative and ultimately the final design of this corridor. Your input is critical to this process.”

The I-475 corridor improvements will include a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study.

The PEL study is a collaborative process that considers environmental, community, and economic goals in the transportation planning process.