Oakman Boulevard will get a $8.6 million makeover to reduce street flooding and backups in basements, officials said.
They also said the work is the city’s largest investment in green storm water infrastructure to date.
Under the two-year project, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department will convert 10 of the boulevard's medians into bio-retention gardens to keep an estimated 37 million gallons of storm water out of the city's combined sewer system.
“We made a commitment to the residents of the Aviation neighborhood that the city would take measures to help protect their homes,” Mayor Mike Duggan, said in a statement. “What DWSD is doing here will use nature, instead of storm sewers, to manage huge amounts of storm water to help reduce street flooding and basement backups.”