Plymouth/Canton trail, Wayne streetscape to get over $4M in improvements

Walking is about to become a bit easier in Wayne County's suburbs this year now that the state has agreed to fund projects in the Plymouth/Canton area and the city of Wayne.

The Michigan Department of Transportation plans to spend about $4 million rebuilding portions of the hiking/biking path along I-275 in Plymouth and Canton townships. The improvements will include new signage for the trail and bringing it up to Americans with Disability Act standards.

The I-275 Bike Path has suffered a lot of wear and tear since it was built in the 1970s. Its 44 miles stretching between Northville and Frenchtown Township have watched erosion, decay and mother nature wreak havoc on the trail, making some parts impassable.

"It will be 100 percent better," says Nancy Krupiarz, director of the Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance. "There is a lot of surface deterioration. There are a lot of bridges that can't be used anymore. There are a lot of sink holes. There are a lot of intersections that aren't passable."

MDOT will also spend $177,890 to improve the streetscape on Wayne Road in the city of Wayne. The $222,362 project (the city is chipping in $44,472) will install brick pavers, planters and other landscaping on Wayne between Harroun and Annapolis streets. Work is set to begin this summer.

Source: Nancy Krupiarz, director of the Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance and the State of Michigan
Writer: Jon Zemke
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