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Phase 1 of M-1 Rail project complete; Woodward reopens

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

The first phase of the M-1 Rail project on Woodward Avenue has been completed in time for the Thanksgiving parade Thursday in downtown Detroit, officials said.

Following the parade, vehicle traffic will reopen between Campus Martius Park and Grand Circus Park.

“We met our goal of installing a quarter of a mile of new track in both the north- and southbound lanes of downtown in four months,” Paul Childs, M-1 Rail chief operating officer said in a statement Wednesday.

“We said Woodward would be ready in time for the annual parade, and it is. We had an aggressive schedule, along with a high standard for maintaining a clean and safe work site; and our skilled construction crews rose to the challenge.”

The project continues in that area next year with track work from State Street to Larned, Childs said.

The reopening of Woodward Avenue comes in time for shoppers coming downtown for Black Friday or for the 11th Annual Shop Detroit on Small Business Saturday.

Work began in July on the downtown portion of the rail project and included welding steel track into 560-foot sections and moving it onto Woodward, and removing layers of old asphalt then resurfacing with high-quality asphalt, officials said.

The M-1 Rail project will feature a modern streetcar that will travel 3.3 miles each way along Woodward Avenue between Larned Street and West Grand Boulevard.


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