On Tuesday afternoon, [April 26] the Van Buren Township Downtown Development Authority decided it wanted a $2 million pedestrian walkway along Belleville Road over I-94 whether or not it got a grant to help with the cost.
The walkway will have designs that will mark the area as Van Buren Township (not Belleville) and will be as outstanding to travelers as the blue Super Bowl design over I-94 at Telegraph.
The VBT DDA voted unanimously to apply for a $500,000 grant from SEMCOG (Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments), which also puts it in the running for a Michigan Department of Transportation grant. The deadline for the SEMCOG grant is May 2 and the MDOT grant is a few days later. The DDA will find out if it got the grants sometime in July.
But, whether or not the grants are there to help pay the cost, the DDA will put up the pedestrian overpass with its special decorations to mark the township. Engineer Dave Nummer said they have to make sure the bridge over I-94 is strong enough to hold the designs they want to put up. Makes one wonder.
While they hope to start construction in 2017, it may be delayed. But, it’s on its way. Whatever the schedule, it looks like pedestrians will have a new, safe way to cross I-94 in the near future.
And, it will be really pretty – we hope.