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    Dequindre Cut extension UPDATE- Detroit

    I hadn't seen any news about this since last summer. Thought that others might like to know that there has been some progress.


    This construction will extend the Cut approximately 1/2 mile north to Mack Avenue and will include a connection to Eastern Market.

    Dequindre Cut 1.jpgDequindre Cut 2.jpgDequindre Cut 3.jpgDequindre Cut 4.jpgdequindre cut 5.jpg
    These photos were taken 9-29-2013 by Cosine.

    I haven't noticed much activity over the last several weeks. Probably due to the weather.
    The projections for completion are 2015.
    I 'd like to see them step it up a bit and finish by Labor Day this year.
    Will try to take some new photos and post them next week.

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    I believe it's supposed to be done by this November since that's a requirement of the $10 TIGER grant. The path may be open sooner. There's also nearly 10 miles of bike lanes and shared markers to connect the Cut with Hamtramck and Midtown.

    I'll have some large project maps in the Detroit Greenways Coalition booth at the Detroit Bike Show on March 28th.
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    Pictures from today

    Went by the Cut today. They were working on it even though the low this morning was -1F. The first is from the threshold of the old Division Street bridge.
    The next two are from the Alfred Street bridge looking south and north.
    Looks as though the pile driver is setting the first piling for the new Adelaide bridge.

    Kindly forgive the low res pictures my camera didn't feel like working in this cold of a temperature. I had to use the camera on the phone.
    Will try to take new photos next month to show the progress.


    bridge.jpgs from 1.jpgn from.jpg

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    interesting. thanks.
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    Should make crossing Gratiot easier now. A lot easier. I understand the meme someone posted on Facebook before that read something like, "One does not simply cross Gratiot."

    I become rather furious, when I actually do ride on the sidewalk at times, like is often implied or stated by drivers to do, only to be cut off or ignored by people making a turn, when I have the right of way on a pedestrian signal. Such is the case at Gratiot, where there are noticeable signs that you can't miss on the sidewalk that tell one to use the crosswalk. Yeah, right. It should read "Use crosswalk if you want to be run over." 

    I crossed Gratiot back in late December (one of the few times, if not the first time) near the northern end of the Dequindre Cut, after waiting for the motorized death boxes to clear tuirning, and checked out the progress. Didn't take any pictures but I do vaguely recall there being less snow and perhaps there even being work done at the time.

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    Some new photos taken 3-19-2014

    Adelaide east_tn.jpgAdelaide bridge n_tn.jpgDivision east_tn.jpgDivision north_tn.jpgWilkins south_tn.jpgWilkins north_tn.jpg

    Only noticeable progress from last month is the Division street bridge has been completely removed and pilings have been driven for the new bridge.

    Took photos from the Wilkins bridge looking north and south.

    I'll next update when I see significant changes.

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    This will be great when it's finished! All sorts of possibilities with easy access from the riverfront to Eastern Market.

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    Looks like a war zone!

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    It's Detroit!

    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Looks like a war zone!
    Yup, unfortunately there is a lot of the city that looks that way.
    Did a survey of vacant homes in my square 1/2mile sector. There were 50. (5 of those wasted)
    The number in the adjacent sector had 175(about 35% of those burned out hulks)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishtoes2000 View Post
    I believe it's supposed to be done by this November since that's a requirement of the $10 TIGER grant. The path may be open sooner. There's also nearly 10 miles of bike lanes and shared markers to connect the Cut with Hamtramck and Midtown.

    I'll have some large project maps in the Detroit Greenways Coalition booth at the Detroit Bike Show on March 28th.
    Haven't really biked in the city since early October, and I'm not getting my bike fix either way, from reading (about Detroit-related biking with Mr. Fishtoes2000 basically not blogging anymore) or riding in the winter. Was that Tiger grant revoked by the way?


    Lastly, anyone have any more up-to-date pictures?
    Last edited by DTownDave22; 02-19-15 at 04:06 PM.

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    Dequindre Cut Expansion New Photos 3-12-2015

    Pedaled downtown today.

    There hadn't been any updates from news sources on the Dequindre Cut Expansion in quite awhile.

    Last report was that the official opening was delayed from Nov 2014 to late spring 2015.
    The reason given for the delay was a fiber optic cable run that was not documented on Wilkins.
    That interfered with the Wilkins bridge replacement.

    As of today both the Adelaide and Division Bridges are open. The Alfred bridge has been eliminated . The arches are constructed for the Wilkins bridge but the overpasses roadway has not been installed. It appears that the bases for the lighting and security poles are in place from Gratiot to Division street.

    Looks as though there is still much to be done.
    I'd be very surprised if it opens before July 4th. Reckon it'll depend on the weather.

    Photos top l to r
    Mack looking south,Division looking south,Adelaide looking south.
    Division looking north,Adelaide looking north,west of Wilkins bridge looking east.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Looks like a war zone!
    that is in an ignorant comment, they are doing construction Einstien.
    Dequinder cut from the river front to eastern market is beautiful

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    Quote Originally Posted by detroitjim View Post
    Pedaled downtown today.

    There hadn't been any updates from news sources on the Dequindre Cut Expansion in quite awhile.

    Last report was that the official opening was delayed from Nov 2014 to late spring 2015.
    The reason given for the delay was a fiber optic cable run that was not documented on Wilkins.
    That interfered with the Wilkins bridge replacement.

    As of today both the Adelaide and Division Bridges are open. The Alfred bridge has been eliminated . The arches are constructed for the Wilkins bridge but the overpasses roadway has not been installed. It appears that the bases for the lighting and security poles are in place from Gratiot to Division street.

    Looks as though there is still much to be done.
    I'd be very surprised if it opens before July 4th. Reckon it'll depend on the weather.

    Photos top l to r
    Mack looking south,Division looking south,Adelaide looking south.
    Division looking north,Adelaide looking north,west of Wilkins bridge looking east.
    Thanks for the photos. I've learned to temper my expectations with construction deadlines, since it's something I've begun paying a bit more attention to, especially with some of the bridges along the Rouge River and pushing back deadlines repeatedly, with a number of variables I'm sure contributing to any given project.

    I thought I'd snap a few photos of the Dequindre Cut in-progress back when we had our thaw in early March of this year (or so I thought). The snow was covering up much of the in-progress construction quite nicely--but not enough for someone walking nearby to think it incomprehensible to go exploring starting at the current north terminus of the Cut when they asked me if I was going to go walk through there, as I had stopped and taken some photos. I got a little laugh out of it, personally.

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    New Photos 5-6-2015

    It's been 7 weeks since I last checked their progress. Rode past yesterday and took some new pictures to show you.

    The crews were working on the Wilkins to the cut access, at about 4pm .

    The Wilkins bridge is is passable on foot or bike but the pavement is not in yet.

    The gravel bedding for the asphalt is laid from south of Gratiot(Where the original cut connection is to the extension) to Alfred street. Also the bases for the lighting and security poles are up to the same point.
    It appears that there is much work to be performed north of Alfred to Mack.

    Maybe it'll be usable for the 4th of July???
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