The Downriver Linked Greenways and Detroit Greenways land trails come together where the Fort Street Bridge crosses over the Rouge River in Southwest Detroit. Future site of a Gateway Feature designating entry to and from Downriver. Explore the rich history of the area known as the birthplace of the Arsenal of Democracy and the Heart of the Industrial Revolution.
Fort-Rouge Gateway Greenway
There are many projects near the Fort Street Bridge in southwest Detroit. These include replacement of the historic bridge, over the main branch of the Rouge River, by the Michigan Department of Transportation in 2016 and the subsequent development of Fort Street Bridge Park, which commemorates the Ford Hunger March of 1932. In addition, Marathon Petroleum Company's green space, known as Marathon Gardens, lays adjacent to the park. This initiative involves transitioning the former, 100-acre Oakwood Heights neighborhood to include areas of forest, prairie, and urban farming, as well as park space along Fort Street for off-road, non-motorized trail development.
The Fort Street Bridge is a critical point of connection for non-motorized transportation in southwest Detroit. It is the main connector between Detroit and Downriver as identified by the city's non-motorized plan. A gateway feature announcing the entry to the Downriver Linked Greenways is planned near the bridge. The Fort Street Bridge is also a critical connection for:
- Adventure Cycling's Underground Railroad Bicycle Route from Mobile, Alabama to Owen Sound, Ontario
- The Michigan Showcase Trail from Belle Isle to Wisconsin
- Proposed U.S. Bicycle Routes 25 and 30
Adding bicycle access to the nearby New International Trade Crossing brings international importance to this connection.
Eventually, this hub will include trail connections to the Rouge Gateway Trail, Hines Drive, and Rouge Park. A Rouge River kayak launch is also planned.
For these reasons, we are collaborating with many other organizations to ensure this becomes a valuable hub for bicyclists, hikers, and kayakers, as well as an appealing point of interest for motorists and tourists.
A presentation on the FRoG project is available on-line.