We have been notified by MDOT that the trail will be closed north of Van Born Rd from July 7 to July 28. MDOT will be working on the I-275 bridge over Van Born Rd trying to stop that constant wash out onto the trail. Van Born Rd itself will be closed from Haggerty Rd to Hannan Rd to all traffic. Please avoid the area and give the workers the time and space they need to get this repair done to help the trail. Hannan Rd is your best detour.
The 6 mile extension of the trail south of I-94 that would take the trail to the metro parks will not happen this year. MDOT is hoping to start construction next spring (2015). A short term set back.
MDOT remains committed to adding this extension to the trail.
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)c
Enjoy the trail.
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.