Here’s some exciting news about Woodward that has nothing to do with the Dream Cruise.
Senator Carl Levin’s office and the Federal Highway Administration just announced a $752,880 grant for “developing a Complete Streets plan for Michigan’s 27-mile Woodward Avenue corridor that connects 11 communities and two Southeast Michigan Counties.”
“Transportation investments like these will create jobs and improve the quality of life for Michigan residents as well as strengthen the state’s economy,” said Secretary [U.S. DOT Secretary Ray] LaHood. “The demand from the states for these funds shows just how critical the need is for infrastructure investment.”
The funding is being awarded to the Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) who will be releasing more details soon.
WA3 has been a big supporter of Complete Streets and they are members of the Detroit Complete Streets Workgroup.
It will be interesting to see how this new planning effort fits with some prior Woodward bike/walk plans, the forthcoming Royal Oak non-motorized plan, and the Woodward Light Rail project.
But as for the Dream Cruise, there is a Complete Streets connection. The best way to move within the Woodward Corridor during the Cruise is on foot or by bike. Making Woodwared a Complete Street could give better, safer, and faster transportation options during the event.
Complete Streets Resolution passes
And in related news, Oakland County Commissioners passed a Complete Streets resolution for the county.
Special thanks to everyone who contacted their commissioner. It worked.