Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI) volunteers are working with the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s (WCPARC) Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) team, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC), and other state and local government agencies to develop new non-motorized trail segments. With the support of the entire community, these trail segments will ultimately complete the B2B throughout Washtenaw County and beyond. The B2B is part of the Michigan Iron Belle Trail, a state-wide trail system. Check back often for trail project updates!
Border-to-Border Trail System Overview
The completed B2B will feature The Huron River Greenway with eight themed bridges spanning the Huron River between Ann Arbor and Dexter, and The Huron Waterloo Loop, a continuous 44-mile pathway passing through the Waterloo and Pinckney State Recreational Areas and including a portion of the existing Lakelands Trail. By connecting and showcasing our communities, the HWPI hopes to encourage healthy and active lifestyles, while also promoting economic development.
HWPI and the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC) have begun a multi-year, 22-mile construction drive that strives to complete the B2B regional trail system by 2022. Here’s the latest construction update:
2018 Completed Construction
Chelsea-Stockbridge Connection Now open to the public, the first segment of this corridor covers 2.6 miles beginning at the intersection of Werkner Road and M52, north of Chelsea, and ending at the DNR’s Green Lake Campground entrance.
2019 Confirmed Construction
The Dexter-Ann Arbor / Huron River Corridor We will break ground in early winter 2019, extending this trail segment 1.2 miles from the Dexter Huron Metropark to Zeeb Road, at Huron River Drive. This segment will include two new bridges spanning the Huron River and is expected to be completed in 2019.
Dexter-Chelsea Connection Construction began in November, 2018 on the first part of this connection covering 2.1 miles of trail beginning at Freer Road, south of the railroad, and heading east toward Dexter. This segment is expected to be completed toward the end of 2019.
Chelsea-Stockbridge Connection The next phase of this connection will break ground in the spring of 2019. This 2.1 mile segment picks up where the first phase ends and will pass along the edge of Green Lake, cross into the Pinckney Recreation Area, and re-emerge at North Territorial Road. Two new exciting elements have been added to this section of the trail, including:
- New B2B Trailhead – Construction of the first dedicated B2B trail is underway at the intersection of North Territorial Road and M52, adjacent to the Lyndon Township Hall. Parking, shelter, bathrooms, and other amenities will be available when it opens in 2019.
- Tunnel Crossing of M52 – A tunnel located along Green Lake will be built to replace a planned at-grade crossing, and will serve as a major safety enhancement. The tunnel will connect the Waterloo and Pinckney Recreation Areas.
2019/2020 Potential Construction Sites
Chelsea – Stockbridge Connection This 3 mile trail segment will begin at North Territorial Road and M52 and continue to the Jackson County line along M52.
Huron River Corridor This 0.6 mile segment traverses Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor.
Huron River Corridor – 1.8 miles This 1.8 trail section will start at Zeeb Road at Huron River Drive then head east to the Delhi Metropark – the halfway point between Dexter and Ann Arbor.
Current Engineering Activities
- A feasibility study is underway to evaluate options for a tunnel under the railroad, connecting Barton Nature Area to Bandemer Park in Ann Arbor.
- Route alternatives are being explored to connect Washtenaw and Wayne Counties, through VanBuren Township, linking the B2B to the Iron Belle Trail system in Detroit.
- Alternatives are being explored to connect the northwestern segment of the B2B to the Lakelands State Trail in Stockbridge.
- B2B intercity connections and wayfinding systems are being studied in Chelsea, Dexter and Ypsilanti.