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.