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West Jefferson Ave, Del Ray

42.2857467537013 -83.1229881647891
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"It has a drawbridge!"

That should be enough to make you want to drive. W. Jefferson. Or not.

When I lived in Detroit I worked in Taylor, Mi and lived in Cass corridor. That meant I was facing 1-75 traffic everyday and hated it, so I was always up for exploring the surface street routes. West Jefferson brings you north from the down river cities like Ecourse, and the Ford Rouge complex into downtown. From there it turns to E. Jefferson and goes north to some of the nicer suburbs.

The drive is pretty spotty. Lots of trucks use the route and the pavement's in pretty bad condition. The Jefferson street drawbridge was actually installed for the River Rouge plant so supply ships could get in and out easily. Unfortunately (or not depending on your POV) it's still in operation and pretty common to get caught in a traffic back up here. Honestly, this route kinda' creeped me out. It's very industrial in parts, abandoned industrial -low income in others. Further south is nicer because it turns residential.

As it turned out, it was quicker for me to take 75 to and from work.

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