Bridge 33.7 Update: Yesterday, we had a large sinkhole at the southern end of Bridge 33.7 on the Paint Creek Trail in Oakland Township. This is the middle bridge between Dutton and Silver Bell, and the one that is in the process of being replaced. It was supposed to be replaced this summer, but the bids came back too high and the project has been delayed until Spring 2019. We contacted our engineers and provided them a photo of the sinkhole, and the measures that were taken to repair it. Based on that information, they have advised that the hole…
Bridge Construction Update: Bad news for us, good news for trail users! Our bridge construction project and resurfacing is being postponed to early 2019. Bids came back way higher than our engineer’s estimate. The trail will remain open. We’re hoping to re-bid in October, with construction to start in March 2019. Stay tuned!
Trail Conditions: Trail is in good shape. A few ruts here and there. Crews will be doing some minor tree removal work between Dutton and Silverbell today, tomorrow, and Thursday. The trail will have to be closed from 10am-1pm on Thursday, May 10 between Dutton and Silverbell for them to finish. Please plan accordingly.
FYI: There will be Prescribed Prairie Burns along the trail in Oakland Township starting at 10am today, April 30. They will be south of Silver Bell, working their way to just north of Gallagher. Trail will be open, but expect smoky conditions.
We have confirmed that the Bid Letting for the Bridge project will be on May 4, 2018. That means a contractor will be chosen that day. We do not know the exact date, but based on the bid letting date, the trail will most likely be closed sometime during the week of June 4, 2018. We will post a definite date when we have one!
Trail Conditions Report: Trail surface is in good shape on most of the trail. The usual problem spots near Silver Bell, Gunn, and Clarkston/Kern have muddy areas. Have seen runners and cyclists all morning. Enjoy!
TRAIL IS OPEN – TREE REMOVAL WORK IS COMPLETE.
TRAIL CLOSURE REMINDER: The Paint Creek Trail will be closed between Dutton and Silver Bell all day on Thursday, March 22, and for half the day on Friday, March 23. Tree removal contractors will be on site removing trees in preparation for our Paint Creek Trail Bridge 33.7 replacement, tentatively scheduled to start in June 2018. Please plan your visit on Thursday and Friday accordingly.
Paint Creek Trail Receives Iron Belle Trail Grant! DNR awards $515,000 in local funding for projects along Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail Nearly 30 projects spread across 18 different counties will share $515,000 in local funding to push forward trail enhancement projects and connections along Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail. In an effort to leverage funding to advance progress toward completion of this statewide trail, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has awarded $515,000 in local funding to 28 communities to help develop and enhance it. Funded projects were eligible to receive up to $30,000 for trail enhancement projects including feasibility…