Trail Projects

Trail Projects

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!

You can also see B2B project information on the WCPARC and WCRC B2B pages.

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.

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Construction Updates

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: Chelsea-Stockbridge Connection: 2.6 miles begins at the intersection of Werkner Road and M52, north of Chelsea, and ending at the DNR’s Green Lake Campground entrance.

2019 Completed Construction

Dexter-Chelsea Connection: This 2.1 mile trail segment beginning at Freer Road in Chelsea, extends east to N. Lima Center.

Grove Rd. Ypsilanti Township: This half mile stretch of trail connects to Rawsonville Elementary, giving local children a safe path to walk to school.

Riverside Park: A more than 30 year old, half mile trail segment was reconstructed along the Huron River in the city of Ann Arbor, from Broadway Street to Maiden Lane.

Our 2020 to 2023 construction plans reflect our ambitious pace to build the B2B. Our goal is to have ongoing construction on multiple trail segments concurrently to ensure continued progress every year.

2020 Currently Under Construction

The Dexter-Ann Arbor / Huron River Corridor: This segment will extend the B2B 1.2 miles from the Dexter Huron Metropark to Zeeb Road, at Huron River Drive, and will include two new bridges spanning the Huron River. Anticipated completion: Late Spring 2020

Chelsea – Stockbridge Connection: This 2.1 mile segment begins at the Green Lake Campground, extending to Territorial Road.

B2B Trailhead: The first dedicated B2B trailhead is under construction near the intersection of North Territorial and M52, adjacent to the Lyndon Township Hall. It will feature 50 parking spaces, shelter, bathrooms and other amenities. Anticipated completion: Summer 2020

Tunnel Crossing of M52: A tunnel located adjacent to Green Lake will replace a planned at-grade crossing, connecting the Waterloo and Pinckney Recreation areas. Anticipated completion: Summer 2020

2020-2022 Potential Construction Sites:

Huron River Corridor: This 1.8 mile trail section will start at Zeeb Road at Huron River Drive then head east to the Delhi Metropark. Anticipated groundbreaking: Fall 2020

Barton Nature Area: This 0.6 mile segment will traverse the Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor and will connect the future tunnel to the Barton Dam. Anticipated groundbreaking: 2021

Bandemer Tunnel Crossing: The Bandemer tunnel crossing underneath the railroad will connect the Huron River Greenway and downtown Ann Arbor. Anticipated groundbreaking: 2022

Chelsea – Stockbridge Connection: This 3.1 mile trail segment will begin at North Territorial Road at M52 and continue to the Jackson County line along M52. Anticipated groundbreaking: 2020

Ypsilanti B2B Trail Segments: Extensions and improvements are planned for 3 Ypsilanti trail segments: Frog Island Park (0.25 miles), Grove Road Pathway – Water Street to I-94 (0.5 miles), and Grove Road Pathway – Hydro Park to Wayne County Border (0.5 miles).

 

This page was last updated on February 7, 2020.