Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI) volunteers are working with the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) team, other state and local government agencies, and with Stantec, a professional consulting firm, to develop non-motorized trail segments in four development zones. These trail segments will ultimately complete The Loop, which is now considered a spur trail of the Michigan Iron Belle Trail, a state-wide trail system.
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Border-to-Border and “The Loop” Regional Trail System
Our communities have an opportunity to create something special, a non-motorized pathway encircling two of the area’s most valued natural resources. By connecting and showcasing our communities, the HWPI hopes to encourage healthy and active lifestyles, while also promoting economic development.
When completed, The Loop will be about 44 miles of contiguous trails connecting the communities of Dexter, Chelsea, and Stockbridge, and the Waterloo and Pinckney State Recreational Areas. HWPI will connect trails to the existing and proposed Lakelands and Border-to-Border trails to complete The Loop.
Phase 1 – Design Engineering for a 2017 Construction Goal
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. The current trail alignment design is shown in detailed segments, from Werkner Road to North Territorial Road along the M-52 corridor, as you move right to left through the images below.
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Huron Waterloo Pathways Trail Development Zones
HWPI has identified four distinct trail development zones to facilitate and / or to assist with. The trail segments in each zone bring unique challenges and opportunities, and each zone involves different combinations of private, state, and local entities. Clockwise, as shown on the map below:
- Dexter Connector Trails to the Border To Border Trail
- Dexter to Chelsea
- City of Chelsea Connector Trails
- Chelsea to Stockbridge / Lakelands State Trail
Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail – Belle Isle to Ironwood
In his 2012 speech, Ensuring our Future: Energy and the Environment, to Michiganders and the Michigan Legislature, Governor Rick Snyder set a goal to make Michigan the Trail State. In what has become known as the Governor’s Showcase Trail, Governor Snyder called for “a showcase trail that … pulls together private and public trails into a signature Pure Michigan experience.”
By connecting to the Lakelands State Trail, which is an existing trail segment of the Iron Belle Trail, The Loop will connect the communities of Dexter, Chelsea, and Stockbridge, and the Waterloo and Pinckney State Recreational Areas to the Governor’s Showcase Trail.
City of Chelsea – Letts Creek Linear Trail Connector
The HWPI is working closely with the City of Chelsea to facilitate trail segments within and near the Chelsea city limits that would connect the Dexter to Chelsea and Chelsea to Stockbridge / Lakelands State Trail development zones.