Woodward Ave officially open to traffic after completion of QLINE

'Speeder' tests out M-1 rail line in Downtown Detroit
'Speeder' tests out M-1 rail line in Downtown Detroit

DETROIT – Traffic can resume as usual on Detroit’s east side now that the M-1 Rail construction is complete. 

The final touches were placed on the QLINE Thursday in the Woodward Corridor. QLINE has already generated $1.3 billion in business projects that are either completed or underway.

"I want to thank MDOT for bringing this vision to reality," said Matt Cullen, M-1 Rail CEO. 

He said this helped set the stage for continued residential and business growth for the next 30 years.

The new transit renovation materialized out of a $60 million investment between MDOT and M-1 RAIL. This is the first major transit project funded by private businesses and philanthropic organizations. 

The result is a curb-to-curb reconstruction of 2.5 miles from Sibley Street to Chandler Street, replacing the Woodward overpass at I-94 and I-75 in the process.

The M-1 Rail also installed new drainage systems, new streetlights and traffic lights.

Read: Detroit's east side receives portion of transit investment grant. 

Tony Kratofil, MDOT metro region engineer, said this is more than reconstructing a road, but to inspire connection with local businesses and “ensure public infrastructure investments provide the biggest bang for the buck for taxpayers.”

QLINE is projected to generate $3 billion in total development projects that include 10,000 new housing units and 5 million square feet of new commercial space within 10 years.

This 6.6-mile circulating streetcar route travels through Downtown Detroit to Midtown, New Center and the North End, servicing 12 locations on Woodward Avenue.

Watch: Final pieces of QLINE track installed along Woodward