Trail Updates

CONSTRUCTION OVERVIEW

CHELSEA-STOCKBRIDGE CORRIDOR

M52 Toward Stockbridge

Construction began in 2023 on a new trail segment along the east side of M-52 in Lyndon Township. This segment will add 1.6 miles, starting at M-52 and North Territorial, extending to Boyce Road. This project includes grading, paving the trail, and tree planting and improvements to the existing trail south of the trailhead near the DTE Trail connection.

As of March 2024 a new 108ft concrete boardwalk is in progress. The project is expected to be completed in later this spring. Currently 70% grading and stone is down, with 50% concrete set. This material is a new application on the B2B Trail, with great benefits such as being more cost effective, lasting 3x longer than a wooden boardwalk, and safer during rain events by creating a less icy and slippery surface. The boardwalk is expected to be completed by mid-June 2024.

We are looking forward to early summer to open this trail segment, bringing us closer to the western Washtenaw County border!

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Chelsea Connection

Supported by the MEDC Chelsea Connection Campaign, Phase B of construction has been completed on this 1.1 mile segment is open between Werkner Road and Timbertown/Veteran’s Park. 

This project is complete as of March 2024 and the North Territorial to Boyce Road segment is open! Visitors to the Chelsea-Stockbridge corridor will now be able to enjoy 7.9 miles of trail.

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DEXTER-CHELSEA CORRIDOR

The remaining 0.7 miles from Wylie Road past Parker Road is in-progress as of March 2024. This active project will be completed in later this spring with the installation of a short bridge to cross a small creek the west of the Miller-Smith Preserve. Construction of 1,000 feet of trail will occur in early summer of 2024 to connect Dancer Road to Miller Smith Preserve.

Looking ahead in 2024, use of the historic Bell Road Bridge to cross Mill Creek as it connects to the trail near Forest Lawn Cemetery will align with an additional 0.8 miles of trail to connect the trail to the City of Dexter. Construction is planned to begin later in 2024 and completed later in 2025. Our construction team is securing easements for the final alignment of the 105-foot wrought iron bridge constructed in 1891.

Conceptual rendering of Bell Road Bridge on Washtenaw County’s Border-to-Border Trail

As we work toward making the final connections between Dexter and Chelsea, parking will be challenging along this segment.  Once the corridor is complete, there will be parking and safe public access. Until then, if you do park in this area, please do not use Beacon Hill Drive as it is a private road.

Click for a full-sized map of the proposed pathways from Parker Road to the Mill Creek Crossing.

HUDSON MILLS METROPARK CORRIDOR

Updates will be reported here as trail progress continues.

ANN ARBOR-DEXTER CORRIDOR

Construction on Phase II of the Zeeb to Delhi trail segment will resume in spring 2024. We will see paving resume spring 2024 and bridge installation happen this summer 2024.

The Washtenaw County Road Commission is administering this construction project. The latest updates can be found at https://www.wcroads.org/wcrc-project/b2b-huron-river-dr-trail/

Amtrak approval is required for the tunnel project to begin, but our partners are working with Amtrak to secure this approval in the coming weeks. We aim to be open for construction bids in mid-April and start construction on the project in early fall 2024.

This project adds 1.3 miles of trail extending from Zeeb Road to East Delhi Road and includes the fourth B2B Trail bridge over the Huron River. This project will complete a total of 4.6 miles of continuous trail east of Dexter toward Ann Arbor and connect all three Metroparks within Washtenaw County!

Plans for a 1.0 mile segment from Delhi Metropark to Wagner Road along Huron River Dr. have begun with a projected timeline starting in 2024/2025.

ANN ARBOR CORRIDOR

Construction is in progress on a 0.63 Mile segment that will cross the Barton Nature Area.

Tree clearing will happen late winter 2024. This project will be active through the spring/summer from the parking lot to the foot bridge. We are also working to convert a woodchip trail to the B2B Trail to become an ADA-compliant paved surface.

Looking ahead to 2024/2025, we are excited about the construction of the Barton Bandemer Tunnel which will pass under the railroad line connecting Bandemer Park to Huron River Drive along the B2B Trail.

YPSILANTI CORRIDOR

Looking ahead within the City of Ypsilanti, enhancements to Riverside Park, such as the development of a trail segment and the expansion of the parking lot, are anticipated in the coming years.

B2B TRAIL WAYFINDING

To improve the usability of the trails for residents and visitors, WCPARC is developing a series of wayfinding signs and structures to be installed across the Border to Border Trail system. Installations are planned to roll out in 2024 and continue over the next couple of seasons. Features will include:

  • Primary orientation nodes will be installed at large parking access points with supporting trail amenities where people will be encouraged to park as primary access points. These structures will help to encourage sitting/resting, viewing, and further exploring before heading out on the trail. Content that will go on the primary orientation nodes will include local and regional trail maps, emergency contact information and trail etiquette guides.
  • Secondary nodes – Map stations placed at highly visible spots at small parking access points, local access points, and intersecting trails.
  • Directional signage will include a linear trail map with mile markers and miles to the next major destination point with amenity notes. 
  • Blazes will be used frequently on free-standing posts or attached to an existing post. 
  • Pavement markings will be used on the ground frequently where there is a turn or a choice to be made that could potentially cause users to leave the trail.
B2B Trail Wayfinding Feature Examples

CONNECTING TRAIL UPDATES

Iron Belle Trail – Van Buren Township

  • Segment B – Rawsonville Rd through Van Buren Park
    1. Description: A 1.25 mile segment that began in fall 2022 is complete.
    2. Van Buren Township hosted a ribbon cutting celebration in October to mark the opening of this trail segment. The DTE Foundation created a video for the occasion – DTE Foundation Helps To Open Iron Belle Trail
  • Segments J and K – Huron River Dr. to Lower Huron Metropark
    1. Description: A 0.9-mile segment. Plans and permits are being finalized now, with construction planned for 2024. 
    2. Estimated Completion: 2024

Overall, the Van Buren Trail should be nearly 70% complete by the end of 2024.

Photos below show progress on Van Buren Trail Segment B.