Oct. 8, 1997 (517) 335-6397

Governor Engler Celebrates Re-Opening of Davison Freeway One Month Early

Governor John Engler today celebrated the re-opening of the Davison Freeway (M-8) one month early. He was joined by Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, Highland Park Mayor Linsey Porter and members of Highland Park, Hamtramck and Detroit communities.

Driving his Oldsmobile through a "Rebuilding a World First 1942-1997" banner, the Governor said the state's investment in the Davison Freeway will serve more than 85,000 vehicles each day. "We assumed responsibility for this once local county road, and within a matter of months began building a modern freeway and we're opening early," he said. "Today's early re-opening demonstrates Michigan's commitment to fixing roads and making them better than ever before."

The $45 million investment in the Davison Freeway improvements were funded through an agreement reached with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments in 1996. This agreement established regional transportation priorities for investment between 1996 and 1998.

The reconstruction began in April of 1996 and is ready for traffic nearly one month ahead of schedule.

The Davison Freeway was originally built to meet the needs of the defense industry and was instrumental in reducing defense industry commute time to and from manufacturing facilities like the Ford River Rouge plant. When the freeway closed for improvements, it served more than 85,000 motorists per day.

Today, the new freeway sports wider lanes, shoulders, and an all new ramp to Woodward Avenue, and new bridges improving safety for motorists and access to the City of Highland Park. The original freeway was designed to carry 40,000 to 60,000 vehicles per day, but today the freeway will handle more than 85,000 vehicles each day.