Mark your calendars. We are scheduling three workdays during the Adopt a Highway week so that MDOT will pick up the trash bags. Since the second weekend is Easter weekend we will not be scheduling any during that time.
- The first workday is Saturday, April 12. We will meet at the MDOT parking lot behind Denny’s on Ann Arbor Rd. Depending on how many volunteers we get, we may be able to split up from there and cover more trail. Meeting time is 9:30 am.
- The second workday is Tuesday, April 15. We will meet in northeast corner of the Meijer’s parking lot on the corner of Haggerty and 8 MI at 6 pm. Our focus will be north of 8 Mile, but once again, if we get enough people we can also work south of 8 Mi.
- The third workday is Thursday, April 17. We will be meeting in the parking lot in the southeast side of Michigan Ave and I-275. There is a little strip mall there. We will meet at 6 pm.
The focus of these workdays will be trash. MDOT supplies the trash bags and picks. You will probably want protection for your hands.
Hope to see you during Adopt a Highway week to help the trail.
At times it felt like the trail would never get out from under all that snow. Riding time is here!
While you are out on the trail, please look around and under wheel or foot for the conditions. We need to know if there are areas with a lot of trash around the trail or debris on the trail. We are going to start workdays in about a week. Message here if there is anything to report.
Hope everyone considers giving the trail a bit of your time this year. We need every hour of help we can get. If you know of or are involved with any organizations or groups that are looking for community service volunteer hours, we can help them meet those requirements. Just contact us via message here or at our email (I275MetroTrail(at)yahoo(dot)com.
THE FORD ROAD CONNECTOR IS GETTING REFINISHED. Work starts tomorrow and will last 2-3 weeks. With the good news, comes some not so good news. The trail will be closed at Ford Rd both north and south. There will be no detour.
MDOT is telling everyone to stay away from the construction area because of the heavy equipment. Anyone caught trying to get around the construction can be ticketed. There will be reminders at Ann Arbor Rd and at Michigan Ave that you cannot get past Ford Rd.
Please do not cross Ford Rd either at the construction site or at the expressway ramps.
As we receive updates from MDOT we will post them. The most important thing is patience and give the contractor the time and space they need to get this job done quickly so we can all enjoy the trail.
MDOT will be spraying the trail, weather permitting, starting Wednesday, Oct 2. The crew will start at Meadowbrook Rd and keep working their way south. They will be closing sections of the trail at a time with cones and caution tape, along with posted warnings. They will be leaving posted marking in the ground as well. MDOT hopes to have the trail completed in a couple of days, if weather cooperates.
Everyone’s cooperation during this short term inconvenience means long term enjoyment of the trail.
Besides being MDOT Adopt a Highway week, it is also Michigan Trails week. What better time to work on our trail, especially since our workdays available are winding down.
Our first workday is this Monday evening, Sept 23, at 6 pm. We will continue our trail work around 9 Mi Rd. Meet at the northeast side parking lot of Sumitomo Electric (southeast corner of Haggerty and 9 Mi Rd).
Sunday, Sept 29, we will meet at the MDOT Ride Share lot on Ann Arbor Rd (north side behind Denny’s restaurant) at 10 am.
In both cases we will be cutting back overhanging and encroaching vegetation, and clearing growth along the fence lines and walls. Please bring tools such as clippers and rakes. Make sure you have good work gloves. Long pants/long sleeve shirts are recommended.