The Detroit skyline, shown on February 22, 2018. Blackburn News file photo.

Freeway of Love coming soon to Detroit

A stretch of M-10 in Detroit, known to commuters as “The Lodge” will soon be named after the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation on Monday to rename the road from Livernois Avenue to I-94 the “Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway.”

Representative Leslie Love introduced the bill in June.

“Aretha Franklin was an American icon. She began her career here in the heart of Detroit. Her creativity and voice contributed to our musical and cultural history in Michigan,” said Whitmer in a release obtained by BlackburnNews.com. “I’m honoured to be able to dedicate a portion of the M-10 freeway to remember Aretha and all she did for our state.”

Franklin died after a battle against pancreatic cancer last year.

The bill was not without its detractors. Some Republican members felt designations should go to military veterans and first responders only.

Franklin grew up in Detroit and always called it home during her career, which spanned six decades. She had many hits including “Freeway of Love”, “Respect”, and “I Say A Little Prayer.”