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.
University Region MDOT is holding a hearing next week to receive public input on the continuation of the I-275 Metro Trail from the Wayne County border to Monroe.
The hearing will be held on August 20, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Monroe City Hall (120 E First St, Monroe). The meeting will be open house style with a formal presentation at 4:30 p.m. If enough people show later in the evening, they will schedule a second formal presentation.
Please pass the word to everyone you know who is interested in seeing the metro trail continue to Monroe. Other options are being considered along with the continuation of the I-275 trail.