Livernois Streetscape Project
Livernois between Clarita and Eight Mile has been 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.
The project was fully completed in the Summer of 2020!
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 included new roadway pavement, underground infrastructure, new extended sidewalks, removal of the median, bike lanes, better lighting, landscaping and other elements that made 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 can I support Livernois businesses during construction?
Residents have been encouraged to shop at Livernois businesses when the street was under construction. Let people know that the shops were still open on Livernois was important.
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 held September 19 from 6-8 pm at Converzations Banquet and Entertainment at 20238 Livernois. This event help to support businesses along Livernois.
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?
Irvin Wyche, Project Manager of Complete Streets, Department of Public Works, (313)-569-9764
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
Livernois will remain open to traffic and all businesses will have maintained pedestrian access.
Don't Forget to Shop at Your Local Businesses!