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Border-to-Border Trail: Huron River Drive D2 Segment

B2B LogoThis project is part of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s Border-to-Border Trail Network (B2B)  in partnership with the Huron Waterloo Pathway Initiative (HWPI).
For more information, click here to visit the B2B website and click here to visit the HWPI website.

The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is involved with this project to help administer funds from the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant.

Location of roadwork:
Begins at the Dexter Huron Metropark and ends at the intersection of Zeeb Road and Huron River Drive

Township:
Scio

When is the work being done:
Work will begin in January, pathway is expected to be completed in late-November

Description of work:
Non-Motorized Path Construction

Impact on Traffic:
Expected lane restrictions and short-term river closures during bridge installations

Funding Source(s):
Four-Year Road and Non-Motorized Path Millage, Private, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission

Latest Updates

April 17, 2019 It’s Pile Time!

Spring has officially sprung and seasonal weight restrictions have been lifted (effective April 8, 2019). That means construction of the Huron River Drive D2 Segment of the Border-to-Border trail network is ramping back up.

Our contractor continues to make steady progress on Bridge #2, they have been working on building a gravel access road to the bridge to facilitate the next step in construction. We have also started installing the helical piles, which will support the boardwalk. Work on Bridge #1 should also begin in earnest this week. As the weather continues to improve, more and more people will be visiting the park. Please remember to keep your distance from all active work zones and give workers and equipment plenty of room to work. These can be hazardous areas that the general public should avoid.

Please contact Louie Taylor, project manager, if you have any questions (989) 686-3100, ltaylor@wadetrim.com. This project is part of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s Border-to-Border Trail Network in partnership with the Huron Waterloo Pathway Initiative. The Washtenaw County Road Commission is involved with this project to help administer federal funds from the Transportation Alternatives Program Grant.

 

Helical Pile Installation along the Huron River Drive Pathway route

March 22, 2019 Cranes and Cofferdams

This week our contractor continued to make progress on bridge #2, the steel sheet cofferdam is in place on the park-side of the river. Most other work has really slowed down while seasonal weight restrictions aka frost laws are in effect. Seasonal weight restrictions may be lifted sometime in April, but this will depend upon weather conditions over the next few weeks.

As the weather continues to improve, more and more people are going to be visiting the park, curious about our work. Please remember to keep your distance from all active work zones and give workers and equipment plenty of room to work. These can be hazardous areas that the general public should avoid.

Please contact Louie Taylor, project manager, if you have any questions (989) 686-3100, ltaylor@wadetrim.com.

This project is part of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s Border-to-Border Trail Network in partnership with the Huron Waterloo Pathway Initiative. The Washtenaw County Road Commission is involved with this project to help administer federal funds from the Transportation Alternatives Program Grant.

The steel cofferdam at bridge #2 has been constructed

March 11, 2019 Making Progress

Spring is hopefully just around the corner and we continue to make progress on the pathway construction. Last week our contractor, Davis Construction, installed silt fence and finished almost all of the tree removal work along the pathway.

This week, we will install construction fencing in the construction area within the Metropark. The plan is not to affect the beginning of the proposed trail area. We will also continue work on the abutment for Bridge #2.

Please contact Louie Taylor, project manager, if you have any questions (989) 686-3100, ltaylor@wadetrim.com.

This project is part of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s Border-to-Border Trail Network in partnership with the Huron Waterloo Pathway Initiative. The Washtenaw County Road Commission is involved with this project to help administer federal funds from the Transportation Alternatives Program Grant.

Silt fencing being installed along the pathway in February

Tree clearing for the pathway is nearly complete

February 19, 2019 Trees Along Huron River Drive

The Washtenaw Parks and Recreation Commission has been receiving some questions about the extent of tree removal for this project. Below is the statement issued by the Parks Commission on February 15, 2018 regarding these questions.

“The Parks Commission would like to clarify the purpose of the work along Huron River Drive west of Zeeb Road. The project is part of a 1.2 mile Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) extension in partnership with the Washtenaw County Road Commission, Huron-Clinton Metroparks, MDOT, Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative, and the DNR. The current project will mostly be constructed of a 10-foot wide asphalt trail but also includes two, 200-foot span pedestrian bridges over the river, and six segments of boardwalk. It will be connected to several similar trail segments completed in Hudson Mills and Dexter-Huron Metroparks since the mid-2000s.

Commission staff, their consultants, and partner organizations have gone through comprehensive analyses to determine a trail route that minimizes tree removal and environmental impacts. Trees were analyzed in terms of genus, species and condition. Tree removal was kept to the minimum necessary to accommodate the footprint of the trail. Several public input meetings have been held on this project since 2015. On January 9, 2019 at the Dexter Library, a public meeting was held to provide notice of construction.

Tree removal will be complete by March 31, 2019 per US Fish & Wildlife Service guidance, with the remainder of the project being completed by the fall. Restoration work, including tree replacement where possible, will occur in the later stages of the project. Thank you for your patience during the construction process.

For questions, please contact: Peter Sanderson, Park Planner, WCPARC at sandersonp@washtenaw.org”

February 8, 2019 Weather Hold Up

The weather has made any type of construction work pretty difficult over the past two weeks. Our contractor has completed some tree clearing near Huron River Drive and in the Dexter-Huron Metropark. We’ve also recently received the necessary “Permit to Enter” from Amtrak, this allows us to schedule tree removal and safety fencing installation within the railroad right-of-way.

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, February 9th, at 11 a.m. for a ground-breaking ceremony in the Dexter-Huron Metropark to celebrate the start of this project. This event is hosted by the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC), Washtenaw County Road Commission and Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI ).

This event is open to the public and is family-friendly. There will be bonfires, s’mores, warm refreshments and an interpretive trail walk. Visit the HWPI website for more information. 

January 22, 2019 Work has Begun!

Despite the wintry weather, construction work on the Border-to-Border Segment D-2 along the Huron River in Scio Township has begun!

Late last week, Davis Construction, the contractor on this project began tree and brush removal. Right now the work is focused between Huron River Drive and the Huron River. Over the coming weeks, Davis Construction will continue to work on tree and brush removal. In addition, they will build the temporary gravel access drive.

Please contact Louie Taylor, project manager, if you have any questions (989) 686-3100, ltaylor@wadetrim.com. This project is part of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s Border-to-Border Trail Network in partnership with the Huron Waterloo Pathway Initiative (HWPI). The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is involved with this project to help administer Federal funds from the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant.

Contact information:
Louie Taylor, project manager for Wade Trim
    • (989) 686-3100
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