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Plans move ahead on southern Michigan trail route

Plans move forward on southern Michigan bicycle trail amid effort to connect routes
Posted on April 25, 2014 at 7:42 a.m.

EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Plans are moving forward for a stretch of bicycle trail in southern Michigan that’s part of an effort to connect pathways across the state.

The $1.2 million project will go through Historic Bridge Park and along the 300-acre Ott Biological Preserve in Calhoun County’s Emmett Township, and organizers said it will help boost the county’s parks.

“It will expose the parks to more use,” said Larry Rizor, president of the Calhoun County Trailway Alliance. “It will also put more eyes in the park to control the illegal motorized traffic that’s occurring, and hopefully, it will drum up volunteers for maintaining the parks.”

Construction on the nearly six mile stretch of trail is to be completed by the end of September, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported (http://bcene.ws/1f88RdU ). The route is part of a plan to build 51 miles of trails in Calhoun County. So far, about 20 miles already has been constructed.

“It feels good,” Commissioner Derek King, who is chair of the county’s Parks and Recreation Commission, said ahead of a groundbreaking Friday. “It’s a long time coming — something that’s been worked on for several years.”

Construction comes as work continues on the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails route that aims to connect South Haven along Lake Michigan with Port Huron at the southern tip of Lake Huron across the southern part of the state.

Information from: Battle Creek Enquirer, http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com


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