This post is a compilation of all the extant pedestrian bridges across I-75 in Southwest Detroit. Similarly to the Lower Lodge post, I didn’t necessarily ride these bridges in order or on the same day, so I will present them from south to north.
I live in Southwest Detroit, so this post will be a bit more opinionated and text-heavy than most of my other posts.
This post is a compilation of all the pedestrian bridges across the Lodge Freeway from downtown to Wayne State University/I-94, plus the Trumbull Crossing bridge across I-94 because its southern end is on the WSU athletic campus. I didn’t necessarily ride these bridges in order or on the same day, so I’m going to present them from south to north (up from downtown).
Update 2020-07-22: Added dashcam frame grabs illustrating the recent developments in Hazel Park.
- There’s now a sound-isolating wall between the freeway and Hazelcrest Place apartments, near the Orchard Avenue bridge.
- The Harry Avenue new pedbridge is open to the public, even as it still has some scaffolding on its outside.
- The Bernhard Avenue old pedbridge has been demolished (and with it, the memorial to Jynx), and work has begun on its replacement.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to take new photos on Thursday. On 2020-07-22, I was passing through the area again and this time I remembered to take the SD card out of my dashcam and take some frame grabs, which are below.
Also, sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been busy with things like helping a friend clean out his house, job interviews, and lamenting the recent heat wave in Detroit. I documented all the bridges along the Lodge south of I-94 this past Tuesday, and I’m going to document all the bridges along I-75 between Ferdinand (the southernmost currently open bridge) and Leland (in Midtown) tomorrow morning.
Update 2020-07-22: See Hazel Park updates for the state of Hazel Park’s pedbridges as of late July 2020.
I really don’t have an excuse for delaying this post so long, considering I rode across all the pedestrian bridges in Hazel Park ten days ago on the morning of 12 June. My route started at my partner’s house, which is only a couple blocks from Hazel Park’s Green Acres Park and Invest Roosevelt High School. The Browning Avenue pedestrian bridge, the northernmost in Hazel Park, connects that park and school with the neighbourhood across I-75 to its east.
Last Saturday (6 June), I re-attempted 24 May’s ride on a morning with more pleasant weather. I completed it this time and didn’t bother to re-photograph the Roosevelt Avenue bridge, which makes Tarnów Street the first bridge documented on this ride. I believe the street is named for the Polish city, since it’s next to Chopin Street which is most likely named for the Polish composer. Detroit has a long history of Polish immigration, and there’s even a West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society.