In partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of Detroit, the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) is seeking proposals to provide Urban Design and Transportation Engineering services for a Vision and Alternatives Analysis to support the I-75 Overbuild Project in Downtown Detroit.
Project Description: The I-75 Overbuild Project will create a partial or full freeway cap over the I-75 freeway to reconnect Downtown Detroit to the districts and neighborhoods north of the freeway (Lower Cass, Brush Park, and Midtown). The project will also be restorative to address harms inflicted on communities when the freeway was first constructed. The Vision and Alternatives Analysis project will explore freeway capping options between Cass Avenue and Brush Street within the MDOT-owned I-75 right-of-way. Multiple alternatives for the cap or partial cap including a no-build option will be explored before the selection of a Preferred Alternative using selection criteria as developed by MDOT, the City of Detroit, and the Downtown Detroit Partnership. A robust and meaningful community engagement process will inform the Vision and identification of a Preferred Alternative for the project.
The Vision and Alternatives Analysis will be completed within a six month period between the first and third quarter of 2024. Work developed as part of the Vision and Alternatives Analysis will be incorporated into future phases of the project including, but not limited to a Community Impact Assessment, a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study and federal environmental review and clearance process associated with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Work from the Vision and Alternatives Analysis will support the submission for a federal Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods (RCN) construction grant. All work developed as part of the Vision and Alternatives Analysis must incorporate State and Federal environmental, regulatory, and funding criteria. A concept-level project budget, ownership, operations, and maintenance plan, construction timeline, and funding structure will be developed as part of the design and engineering process.
A bidder question and answer session will be held virtually Tuesday, February 13 at 10am. Please RSVP all members of your team who would like to attend to James Fidler ([email protected]) for login information.
RFP submissions are due at noon EST on Friday, March 1. Please email RFP submissions in PDF form to James Fidler ([email protected]) and Elise Fields ([email protected]). Proposal packages and subsequent bids will not be opened in a public setting and will be considered confidential and proprietary to the DDP.
Possible interviews will be conducted the week of March 11th with firms notified of selection by March 15.