Livernois in Detroit to partially close this weekend

The Detroit News

Motorists should watch out this weekend: part of Livernois on Detroit’s west side is closed while city officials conduct a pilot project to study creating protected bicycle lanes.

Starting at 1 p.m. Friday, Livernois is expected to be reduced to a single travel lane in each direction between Florence and Grove, city officials said in a statement. All lanes are expected to reopen at 7 p.m. Monday.

The closure is part of a collaboration between the city’s Planning Department, Detroit Collaborative Design Center, the Live6 Alliance, University Commons, Knight Foundation and the Better Block Foundation, to make Livernois more bike and pedestrian friendly.

“For the pilot, the city will install temporary bike lanes, a temporary mid-block crosswalk, and alterations to the parking lane,” according to a press release.

From 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, volunteers in a street design workshop are slated to help stripe and stencil bike lanes, create a crosswalk and redesign street parking. There also will be food vendors, music and storytelling events.

“This event is part of a broader effort to revitalize the Livernois Corridor, bring more new business and vitality to the street,” city officials said Thursday.