B2B Trail Construction Updates

Winter weather has us all longing for warmer days on the trail. Spring will bring continued B2B trail construction and two new trails segment opening. The 2020 trail projects are exciting and we cannot wait to share progress with you.

Huron River Drive Trail, Dexter Huron Metropark to Zeeb Road – The temporary bridge has been removed and the four remaining boardwalk sections are now complete. Construction crews have completed 90% of the trail restoration work and will finish this work later this spring. The trail is anticipated to be open for use by April 1st, with a ribbon cutting planned for mid-May.

Lyndon Township Trailhead – This work has stopped for the winter and is scheduled to begin again in early March.

M-52 Chelsea-Stockbridge Trail, Green Lake to North Territorial Road – Eighty percent of the path grading and earthwork balancing is complete, and fifty percent of the limestone base material has been placed. One of the two retaining walls behind the Lyndon Township Hall has also been finished. Operations have stopped for the winter, with plans to restart construction in early March.

M-52 Trail, Tunnel Project – This work is scheduled for an April or May start date. Stay tuned for information on temporary road closures.

Ypsilanti Trail Segments – The design work on Grove Road and Frog Island trail segments in Ypsilanti Township and the City of Ypsilanti is being finalized for a March bid opening, with construction planned for later this summer.

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B2B Trail Construction Updates

The January weather has not stopped construction progress! Take a look at what is happening on the B2B.

Huron River Drive Trail, Dexter Huron Metropark to Zeeb Road – Both bridges have been set in place. The contractors are now working on the remaining four boardwalks. As a reminder, the boardwalk to bridge #2 is still closed and marked with orange cones as the handrails are not fully installed. Almost all of the trail restoration work was completed in late December and early January. The remainder of the work will be done this spring.

Lyndon Township Trailhead – The contractor has completed the rough site grading and the grading for the universal hiking trail. The limestone base material for the parking lot has been put in place and placement of the gravel on the hiking trail has begun.

M-52 Chelsea-Stockbridge Trail, Green Lake to North Territorial Road – The contractor continues to work on the path grading, earthwork balancing and placing the limestone base material. They have also started work on the retaining walls behind the Lyndon Township Hall.

M-52 Trail, Tunnel Project – The work for this project is being scheduled for an April or May start date.

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HWPI Holiday Message

As the year comes to a close, the HWPI Board of Directors and staff would like to express our sincere gratitude to our partners, donors and volunteers. We are thankful to each of you for contributing to the success of the B2B Trail in your own way. From spreading the word about the trail, to supporting HWPI financially, to serving beer at the Oberun, you have all helped build the B2B! We look forward to continued progress in 2020 and lots of time out on the trail. We wish you and your family happy holidays and a happy new year!

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Setting Bridge 2

On October 24, 2019, Bridge 2 was set over the Huron River as a part of the new B2B Trail segment, Dexter-Huron Metropark to Zeeb Road.

A special thanks to the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative, the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Washtenaw County Road Commission for providing time lapse video, aerial video and still photography.

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