CDF & Stantec Team on Michigan Trail System Project

cyclists and walkers using Border to Border Trail in Washtenaw County


The team of Conservation Design Forum and Stantec has been selected to link a nine-mile section of the the Border to Border (B2B) trail system through Washtenaw County, Michigan. Once completed, the 35-mile trail corridor will connect the Huron-Clinton Metroparks with Dexter Township, the Village of Dexter, Scio Township, the City of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Township, Ypsilanti Township, and the City of Ypsilanti.


The non-motorized, 10-12’ wide B2B trail follows the Huron River on land that is part public-owned and part private-owned, including the railroad property recently acquired by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) as part of Amtrak’s High-Speed Corridor.


For phasing and implementation purposes, the trail has been divided into 13 segments; A through M. The current project entails segments D through G which will be one of the most challenging segments of the trail to engineer and construct as it crisscrosses the Huron River six times and travels through ecologically sensitive areas and along the Amtrak rail line.


Working with the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC), CDF and Stantec will review and update the 2004 Trail Alignment Study from Dexter to Ann Arbor and evaluate river crossing options.  Bridge construction experts AnLaan Construction will assist with logistics and cost estimating. After on-site investigations and meetings with the stakeholders (State of Michigan, MDOT, Amtrak, Michigan DNR, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality) are completed, the team will present the information to user groups and the public for review and feedback.


During the design and engineering phase of the project, the team will conduct a detailed survey of the final trail alignment and produce “shovel-ready” plans for construction. The anticipated start of construction is spring 2016.


With offices in Ann Arbor, both CDF and Stantec bring a contextual understanding of the trail system to the project, as well as expertise in environmental planning and permitting, landscape architecture, civil engineering, surveying, project funding, and geotechnical services.  Working on the D2 through G segment of the B2B trail will be the fourth project of its kind that CDF and Stantec have successfully teamed on.


To view a video of the scenic B2B trail through Washtenaw County follow this link:


Tags: Border to Border Trail, Huron River, Ann Arbor, Bike and Walking Trail, Michigan, Stantec

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