Livernois Streetscape Project

    Construction Update! 

    Lighting work will continue throughout the winter. Remaining sidewalk work north of St. Martins is scheduled to begin as soon as weather permits in the spring of 2020. 

    Project Details

    Livernois: Open for Business

    Livernois between Margareta and Eight Mile is being transformed into a walkable, attractive streetscape with a dedicated left-turn lane, wider sidewalks for café seating, protected bike lanes and new landscaping and lighting.  By the end of this construction season, all of the roadway and on-street parking will be completed and open to traffic.

    The only construction that will carry over into Spring 2020 will be the installation of a portion of sidewalk on the west side of Livernois north of Pembroke, as well as cosmetic work, such as landscaping and the installation of benches and decorative lighting.

    After a period of intensive construction and limited access due to the removal of the controversial median and the roadway itself, Livernois is now populated with free off-street parking lots offering a total of 150 spaces with ample signage to direct motorists. There also is a free shuttle running Tuesday-Friday and on Saturdays stopping at each of these free parking locations. The shuttle has stops every 15 minutes, helping customers get to their destinations, where and when they want.

    What is Going On?

    Livernois between Margareta and Eight Mile is being transformed into a walkable, attractive streetscape with a dedicated left-turn lane, wider sidewalks for café seating, protected bike lanes and new landscaping and lighting.  By the end of this construction season, all of the roadway and on-street parking will be completed and open to traffic. 

    This project will include new roadway pavement, underground infrastructure, new extended sidewalks, removal of the median, bike lanes, better lighting, landscaping and other elements that will further make Livernois a beautiful welcoming corridor. 

      Why are These Changes Being Made?

      Livernois will be an attractive, business-friendly thoroughfare that will be safer for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. The beautiful streetscape design will encourage more shopping, dining and pedestrian use of the street. Among its key features will be:

       

      • Travel lanes that will be reconfigured to have one lane for traffic in each direction to reduce speeds and the addition of a new dedicated center left-turn lane.
      • Wider 24-foot sidewalks to allow for café seating for businesses, along with new lighting and landscaping.
      • Dedicated bike lanes that will be at sidewalk level, as opposed to street level.
      • The removal of the median will provide direct left turn access to all residential streets along the corridor, making it easier for drivers to get to the businesses. On-street parking on at least one side of the street will be available.

      How do I get around during construction? 

      After a period of intensive construction and limited access due to the removal of the controversial median and the roadway itself, Livernois is now populated with free off-street parking lots offering a total of 150 spaces with ample signage to direct motorists.  

      Outreach

      How can I support Livernois businesses during construction?

      We encourage you to shop Livernois businesses during this period of construction! 

      It's easy to shop and park on Livernois! Livernois is now populated with free off-street parking lots offering a total of 150 spaces with ample signage to direct motorists.  The shuttles run from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through September 15.  It stops at Livernois & Cambridge, Livernois & 8 Mile and Livernois & Pembroke. The shuttle has stops every 15 minutes, helping customers get to their destinations, where and when they want.

      Livernois Soup events: The first Livernois Soup event took place at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 22 at Table No. 2.  These events award more than $10,000 in prizes that will immediately help Livernois businesses. Attendees’ patronage will go directly to these small businesses.

      The second Livernois Soup event was be held September 19 from 6-8 pm at Converzations Banquet and Entertainment at 20238 Livernois. Come on out and support the Livernois businesses! 

      This is just one of a series of marketing efforts underway by the City, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and Invest Detroit to support Livernois business owners: 

      • Marketing and communications support: The City has engaged an outside PR firm and media consultant to work exclusively with Livernois business owners during construction to promote their businesses through paid advertising, earned media opportunities and grassroots/social media marketing. This is being provided at no cost to Livernois businesses.
      • Open for business signage: The City has produced and installed signs, flags and banners to encourage people to shop on Livernois during construction, and highlight that Avenue of Fashion businesses are open and free parking is available.

      Who do I contact with questions or comments? 

      Gustavo Serratos, Project Manager of Complete Streets, Department of Public Works, (313)-628-0135

      Kim Tandy, City of Detroit District 2 Manager, 313-236-3494 - [email protected] 

      Pei Boayue, Engineer, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Field Engineering, (313) 267 1255

      Getting Around

      Livernois will remain open to traffic and all businesses will have maintained pedestrian access.

      Project Office Hours and Location

      Please feel free contact Gustavo Serratos at [email protected] with any questions or comments.

       

      Don't Forget to Shop at Your Local Businesses!