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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

November 5, 2019 Paving Progress

Thanks to a break in the weather this week, our contractors were able to complete asphalt paving yesterday on the Huron River Drive segment of the Border-to-Border pathway in Scio Township. Wooden decking was also placed on Bridge #1 this week.

While we are making good progress, this is still an active construction zone. For the safety of yourself and the work crews, please stay away from the construction zone, including bridge and boardwalk structures. The pathway is not open to users yet.

If you have questions about the construction project, please contact Jason Voigt, project manager, (313) 434-4601, jvoigt@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.

Paving the pathway in November

We finished paving the pathway yesterday evening.

 

October 24, 2019 We have a bridge!

Today was a big day on the Huron River Drive segment of the Border-to-Border pathway in Scio Township – Bridge #1 was installed! Earlier today, our contractors placed the bridge structure over the Huron River. Bridge decking will be installed in the coming weeks. Our contractor will also be pouring concrete for the bridge backwalls soon.

Paving on parts of the pathway is scheduled to start next week, weather pending. In order to conduct this work, our contractor will need to work under lane closures on Huron River Drive. A separate update will be sent with the lane closure details.

While we are making good progress, this is still an active construction zone. For the safety of yourself and the work crews, please stay away from the construction zone, including bridge and boardwalk structures.

If you have questions about the construction project, please contact Jason Voigt, project manager, (313) 434-4601, jvoigt@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.

Drone on the Huron River

Drone view of the bridge installation earlier today.

Bridge install over the Huron River

September 17, 2019 Temporary Road Closure: Huron River Drive (Scio Twp)

WHEN: Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19, 2019

WHERE: Huron River Drive between Mast Road and Zeeb Road in Scio Township

WHY: Non-motorized bridge delivery

BACKGROUND: On Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19, 2019, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will temporarily close Huron River Drive between Mast Road and Zeeb Road in Scio Township while bridges for the non-motorized pathway are delivered to work site within the Dexter-Huron Metropark.

The road closures will be short in duration but could occur any time during the day. Flaggers will be on site blocking ALL traffic during these temporary closures. All dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions.

Motorists and other roadway users are encouraged to avoid this area if possible.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Michele Ford, project manager, (734) 327-6652, or via email at fordm@wcroads.org

ISSUE DATE: 09/17/19

August 22, 2019 From a Bird’s Eye

Things are about to get even more exciting on the Huron River Drive D2 Segment of the B2B trail project in Scio Township. We are hoping to have the pre-cast bridges delivered in early September, ready for placement. The bridge delivery will require short road closures on Huron River Drive, we will send out advisories ahead of these closures. Each closure will last for a few hours.

Please be advised that the general public is not allowed in the construction zone, even when workers are not on-site, this is still a work zone and not safe for the general public. We know everyone is excited about this project but please stay away, in the interest of safety, until it is completely finished.

If you have questions about the construction project, please contact Jason Voigt, project manager, (313) 434-4601, jvoigt@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.

Our drone’s view of the temporary bridge over the Huron River

View of the emerging boardwalk along Huron River Drive

August 9, 2019 Trail Making on the Peninsula

The last few weeks have been very busy on the Huron River Drive D2 Segment of the B2B trail project in Scio Township. The temporary bridge is now complete and our contractor is using it to transport equipment and materials to the peninsula area to facilitate the construction of the trail.

The temporary bridge crossing the Huron River has been completed

Caution is still advised while boating/tubing along the river. River-users will need to pass under the temporary bridge, so please be mindful of the piers in the water.

They have already made great progress on the section of trail running through the peninsula, they are getting ready to grade, place sub-base, and then pavement on this section. Our contractor also continues to install the boardwalk along Huron River Drive.

If you have questions about the construction project, please contact Jason Voigt, project manager, (313) 434-4601, jvoigt@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 pathway is now being constructed on the peninsula.

 

July 23, 2019 Building a Temporary Bridge

Work continues on the Huron River Drive D2 Segment of the B2B trail project in Scio Township. Our contractor is making steady progress on the boardwalk areas throughout the project. They are also installing a temporary bridge across the Huron River. River traffic will continue to be squeezed through channels as this work progresses.

Once the temporary bridge is in place, the river restrictions will be lifted until the final bridges are ready to be placed. When this time comes, there will be short closures of the river (announced in advance) while the bridges are placed.

If you have questions about the construction project, please contact Jason Voigt, project manager, (313) 434-4601, jvoigt@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.

Temporary Bridge on B2B Pathway

The temporary bridge being built across the Huron River.

Boardwalk work on the B2B Pathway in Scio Township.

July 9, 2019 Mussels and Piles

It’s already been an interesting week on the Huron River Drive D2 Segment of the B2B trail project in Scio Township. Yesterday, staff from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources were onsite to do an environmental field investigation of the Huron River. This was required before our contractor could begin any work on a temporary bridge within the river. Two viable mussels were found and they were successfully relocated.

Now that the environmental field investigation has been completed, our contractors will begin driving piles for the temporary bridge this week. Pile driving can be a loud operation, we appreciate your patience during this stage of the project. As planned, river users can expect to see river restrictions/channelization in the coming weeks. Please use caution around our work zone, in the river or in the Dexter-Huron Metropark.

If you have questions about the construction project, please contact Jason Voigt, project manager, (313) 434-4601, jvoigt@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.

June 28, 2019 Upcoming River Restrictions

Following the Fourth of July weekend, our contractor will begin installing the two pedestrian bridges over the Huron River in Dexter-Huron Metropark. This work is expected to take several months and will have minor impacts on all river traffic until the project is complete.

Most paddlers and tubers will only be affected by temporary buoys in the river to direct watercraft away from the active work zone. However, it will be necessary to have several full river closures, impacting all watercraft in the work zone. Full closures will only occur during the day, Monday through Friday and will not occur on weekends or holidays. Each full river closure will last about a day and will only be implemented when necessary for public safety, for example: when lifting the bridges into final position over the river. Exact dates for river closures will be posted approximately a week in advance on our project page.

If you have questions about the river restrictions, please contact Peter Sanderson, PLA, principal park planner, Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission, sandersonp@washtenaw.org, 734-971-6337 x332

If you have questions about the construction project, please contact Jason Voigt, project manager, (313) 434-4601, jvoigt@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.

June 17, 2019 Boardwalkin’

Despite the rainy May and June, our contractor continues to plug away on Huron River Drive D2 Segment of the Border-to-Border trail. Last week, they made progress on several boardwalks including starting to install the wood. They have also completed construction of an abutment for bridge #1 and are working on an abutment for bridge #2. We are also starting to do more work within the Dexter-Huron Metropark, please remember to keep your distance from all work zones and equipment, even after normal working hours.

If you have any questions, please contact Jason Voigt, project manager, (313) 434-4601, jvoigt@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.

Our contractors are making progress on the boardwalks along segment D2 of the B2B along Huron River Drive

April 29, 2019 Pile Driving = Loud Noises

Things are about to get a little noisy on the Huron River Drive D2 Segment of the Border-to-Border trail. Starting tomorrow, our contractors will be begin driving the piles for the abutment of Bridge #1. Pile driving is quite a loud process; area residents, passing motorists, and park users are likely to hear the commotion associated with this operation. If the weather cooperates, this work should completed by the end of next week. Pile driving will only take place during the day, our contractors will not be driving any piles during the night.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact Jason Voigt, project manager, (313) 434-4601, jvoigt@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.

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:
Jason R. Voigt, PE, Senior Project Manager for Wade Trim
    • (313) 434-4601
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