September 7, 2016: Phase 1 stakeholders gathered at the historic Lyndon Township Hall for a walking review of the Phase 1 design engineering. L to R: Chuck Dennison (MDNR), Eric Stalhandske (HWPI), Matt MacDonell (WCRC), Amanda Ballard (Sun Times News), Patrick Judd (Stantec Engineering), Bart Hammer (HWPI), Nicole VanBloem (MDNR)
On May 16, 2016, HWPI secured a conditional commitment from the Michigan Department of Transportation for ~$1.8M to build Phase 1 of The Loop, a 4.7 mile trail segment starting from M-52 and Werkner Road and going north to North Territorial Road. We are working to raise the private matching funds to turn this conditional commitment into a grant, so that construction can begin in the spring of 2017.
In anticipation of successful private matching fund raising, HWPI has contracted with Stantec Engineering to do the design engineering for Phase 1 in the fall of 2016. Detailed engineering design views, shown in segments from Werkner Road to North Territorial Road along the M-52 corridor, can be seen on the Trail Projects page.
On September 7, 2016, a small group of stakeholders participated in a design engineering walk through of Phase 1, led by Stantec Engineering’s Senior Landscape Architect, Patrick Judd. The primary goal of the walk through was to review the revised trail alignment, with emphasis on design features that addressed indigenous and invasive flora, challenging topographical features, ADA compliance requirements, and the location and configuration of a grade-level crossing of M-52.
Click on any of the walk through photos below for captions, and to view them full size in a slideshow carousel. Detailed engineering design views of the current Phase 1 trail alignment can be seen on the Trail Projects page.
Phase 1 stakeholders gathered at the historic Lyndon Twp Hall. L to R: Chuck Dennison (MDNR), Eric Stalhandske (HWPI), Matt MacDonell (WCRC), Amanda Ballard (Sun Times News), Patrick Judd (Stantec Engineering), Bart Hammer (HWPI), Nicole VanBloem (MDNR)
The Phase 1 trail alignment will take advantage of existing pathways in places. This old pathway is behind the Lyndon Twp Hall.
Eric Stalhandske is the HWPI Phase 1 Project Leader.
Deadwood and wildflowers along the Phase 1 trail alignment.
Indigenous and invasive flora, challenging topographical features, ADA compliance requirements, and a grade-level crossing are all considered in the design engineering phase of the Phase 1 trail alignment.
The paved Phase 1 trail will feature access to the newly opened DTE Energy Foundation mountain biking loops in the Waterloo Recreation Area.
Patrick Judd, Senior Landscape Architect with Stantec Engineering, is completing the design engineering for Phase 1, and coordinating with all of the necessary state and local regulatory agencies.
Many sections of the current Phase 1 trail alignment, as indicated by pink flags such as the one shown above, are currently almost impassable.
Bart Hammer (HWPI), Nicole VanBloem (MDNR), Patrick Judd (Stantec, obscured), and Amanda Ballard (Sun Times News), find their current location on the Phase 1 design engineering trail alignment map.
Pathway user and motorist safety is the key consideration in the location and design of the M-52 grade-level crossing.
The Phase 1 trail alignment will continue in the M-52 corridor, across from Green Lake, shown.
The Phase 1 trail alignment will utilize a portion of what would have been the entrance to the sand and gravel pit that was opposed by the concerned community members of the successful Deny the Mine effort.
Stakeholders inspect the challenging topography in the vicinity of the future M-52 grade-level crossing.
Eric Stalhandske (HWPI) views the clear sight distances in the vicinity of the future M-52 grade-level crossing.
The newly completed roundabout at M-52 and Werkner Road, just north of Chelsea, marks the southern end of the ~4.7 mile Phase 1 trail alignment.
The small concrete pad on the north end of the crosswalk on the west side of new M-52 roundabout could be considered the first few feet of Phase 1 of The Loop trail system!
The HWPI Board is very pleased to announce another leading Chelsea business as a Heritage level sponsor. Chelsea Lumber Co. has committed $25,000 in support of the HWPI vision to develop new multi-use pathways connecting our local communities. Please join HWPI in extending a sincere thank-you to this excellent organization and to their employees.
Chelsea Lumber Co. is one of the oldest and largest lumber and building supply companies in Michigan. We have three stores located in Chelsea, Saline and Bridgewater with over 100 employees to serve you. More then ever before, Chelsea Lumber Co. is a vital resource for “do-it-yourself” homeowners and building contractors throughout Washtenaw County and all of Southeast Michigan. Our customers come from Jackson, Lansing, Brighton, Plymouth, the Detroit area and more.
The HWPI tent will be at Dexter Daze this coming Friday and Saturday! Stop by and say hello to our friendly folks and get the latest exciting details on our non-motorized trail development efforts.
We’ll be down in Mill Creek Park, right beside the Border-to-Border trail. Looking forward to seeing you at the 44th Annual Dexter Daze Festival!
Pumpkinvine Nature Trail Cookie Stop
Three HWPI Board Members and eleven of their friends traveled to Goshen, Indiana last weekend to participate in the 17th Annual Pumpkinvine Nature Trail ride. We had perfect weather for this excellent event, and experienced wonderful hospitality, great food, and beautiful farmland.
Pumpkinvine Nature Trail Cookie Stand
Only a 2-1/2 hour drive from Washtenaw County, we would encourage everyone to experience the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and to sign up for next year’s event. Sign up early so you can get in on the Friday night dinner ride, and have an amazing family-style Amish meal!
Find out more about this great trail and organization at the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail website.
Great day at the 2016 Chelsea Heart & Sole! It was HWPI’s first public event of the season, and the response we received was enthusiastic and positive! Our folks talked to over 100 people who expressed interest and support in our trail development efforts.
Check out our Events Page and come visit with us this summer!
We welcome Bank of Ann Arbor as our latest Milepost Sponsor! Their generous commitment of $15000 in support of HWPI’s trail development efforts is greatly appreciated!
Bank of Ann Arbor is a locally owned and operated bank with total assets and assets under management of over $2.2 billion, serving people and businesses in Southeast Michigan with offices at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Ann Arbor, in the Traver Village Shopping Center, at the corner of Stadium and Liberty streets, on West Ellsworth Road in Pittsfield Township, on West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti, in Plymouth on Ann Arbor Road and on East Michigan Avenue in downtown Saline. Our mission is helping our communities thrive through our time, effort, financial resources, and making our customers our top priority. UniFi Equipment Finance, the banks newest acquisition headquartered in Ann Arbor, is a well-established company with a national presence in the small ticket vendor space. UniFi has funded more than 89,000 transactions, totaling over $1.2 billion. www.boaa.com / www.unifiedge.com Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and LinkedIn.
May is National Bike Month! Check out this guide from the League of American Bicyclists for info and ideas on promoting Bike Month, key steps for planning successful events, and making the economic case for the benefits of bicycling.
Enjoy custom-printed performance tees, mugs, water bottles, and more, and help us get the word out about HWPI’s efforts to promote and build new non-motorized trail segments as part of the Border-to-Border Trail project. You will be able to select sizes, colors, and other options to customize items before you place your order, which will be shipped directly to you. On some items, you can even select a different product to have the design printed on. Exercise your artistic side, and have HWP Logo Merchandise your way!
Ten percent of each sale goes directly to help fund HWPI’s efforts, and you’ll be helping us to raise public awareness, too.
Click the image above to go directly to the HWP Store on Zazzle, or check out our new Shop page for tips on buying HWP Logo Merchandise and how to save some money, too!
… to spread the word about the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI). We’re hosting table displays at several 2016 local events. If you’re interested in talking to your neighbors about developing new non-motorized trails connecting Chelsea, Dexter, and Stockbridge, please follow this link to sign up with us through VolunteerSpot:
Training sessions will be offered at various times prior to any tabling events. Community volunteers will be paired with an HWPI board member at each of these events.
We need volunteers to assist at:
- Heart and Sole Race, May 21
- Sounds and Sights, beginning June 9
- Helluva Ride, July 9
- Summer Fest, July 28-29
- Dexter Daze, August 12-13
- Chelsea Fair, August 24-28