Border to Border Trail continues along a path toward completion


More than 75 people joined the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI) last month to celebrate the new path and to take an inaugural walk on the Border to Border trail (B2B). A huge thanks also goes to all of the people who made this happen, including the WCPARC, WCRC, DNR, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, dozens more partners and more than 1,200 donors.

Folks can access this 2.6 mile section of trail at the Green Lake Campground or at the intersection of M52 and Werkner Roads, just outside of Chelsea. This is just the beginning of many more new B2B segments to come.

More B2B construction will move forward in Ypsilanti. On Dec. 18, the Ypsilanti City Council voted unanimously in favor of a partnership with the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission to build two new off-road sections of the B2B Trail. These segments will be along Grove Road and in Frog Island Park. Construction is expected in 2019 or 2020. Construction funds come primarily from a four-year County road and trails millage approved by voters in 2016.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.

CUTLINE: With the help of HWPI board members, Michigan DNR officials, WCPARC officials, and WCRC Vice Chair Barb Fuller, Lyndon Township Supervisor, Marc Keezer (red and black coat), cut the ribbon to officially open Phase 1 of the B2B Chelsea – Stockbridge Connector on Dec. 8, 2018.

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