M-1 Rail Project to Close Lower Woodward Corridor for 120 Days


Woodward Avenue — from Adams Street to Campus Martius Park — will close for approximately four months as construction begins July 28 on the M-1 Rail street car line.

“Over the next 30 days, our team will be pounding the pavement to make everyone who lives, works, and visits the Woodward corridor aware of what they should expect from track construction and how to navigate around it once we begin on July 28,” says Paul Childs, COO of M-1 Rail, the non-profit organization leading the design, construction, and future operation of the Woodward Avenue streetcar system.

In mid-July, the Michigan Department of Transportation and DTE Energy will begin pre-construction activity that will result in limited lane closures and will not prohibit vehicular traffic.

“We are moving quickly to provide information and resources to businesses and residents along the corridor,” Childs says. “There will be a business support program that we will introduce in the coming weeks along with more details about construction activities and timelines as they are finalized.”

When complete in late 2016, the M-1 Rail streetcar line will travel north and south on both sides of Woodward Avenue for 3.3 miles between Larned Street and West Grand Boulevard.

M-1 Rail will share information about construction at a business stakeholders meeting on July 1 at the Max M. Fisher Music Theater in Detroit, and at a community meeting on July 2 at the Madison Building.

For more information, call 800-511-3931 or visit m-1rail.com.