Border to Border Trial: M52 Phase 1 is nearing completion


All summer, it’s been fun to watch the construction progress on M52 Phase 1 of the B2B’s Chelsea-Stockbridge connector. There has been clearing, grading, retaining wall and boardwalk construction, etc., all of which have been interesting.

Yet there is something special about getting pavement on the ground! The final top coat of pavement, driveway crossings and road intersections are done.

The construction firm still has 2-3 weeks of finish work, and they need a few more good weather days to get everything done. Organizers are hoping to be able to open this new B2B trail segment in late November, so stay tuned for the announcement of a ribbon-cutting date.

HWPI, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Transportation and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, held a groundbreaking ceremony in February to celebrate the start of construction on a new segment of Washtenaw County’s Border-to-Border (B2B) Trail.

This 2.6-mile trail segment will begin just north of the roundabout at the intersection of Werkner Road and M-52, north of Chelsea. The trail will run parallel to M-52 and stop at Green Lake Campground, in Waterloo Recreation Area, providing access to the DTE Mountain Bike Trail. The new segment will form part of the Iron Belle Trail, part of Michigan’s longest statewide trail network.

The non-motorized trail will be a paved, 10-foot wide Americans with Disabilities (ADA) compliant, separated pathway, intended for multiple types of users including bikers, runners, wheelchair users, and walkers. The Trail is anticipated to open in the fall of 2018.

The B2B was conceived by WCPRC as a planned, non-motorized trail that begins in Ypsilanti and roughly follows the Huron River through the county to its exit in the northwest corner near Lyndon Township. When complete, it will connect Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, and Stockbridge. Approximately 25 miles of the B2B have been built and 21 miles are planned for construction.

HWPI works in partnership with WCPRC and many other governmental organizations to facilitate the development of non-motorized recreational pathways in Washtenaw and surrounding counties. HWPI facilitates trail development by encouraging community engagement and raising private sector money.

To learn more about HWPI and the Border-to-Border trail visit Text HWPI to 66866 to sign up for the monthly HWPI Newsletter!

Ann Arbor’s popular Border to Border Trail (B2B) is but one small segment of an ambitious effort to connect the city of Ironwood on the western edge of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with Belle Isle in Detroit in what will be called The Iron Belle Trail.

The Iron Belle will form the longest designated state trail in the nation. Hikers/bikers will pass through charming towns, pristine forests, cool rivers, bucolic farmland, not to mention plenty of shoulder rubbing with three of the greatest features of our Great Lake State – Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron.



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