Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Gift Funds Replacement of Deteriorating 95-Year Old Bridge and the Resurfacing of the Entire Paint Creek Trail Rochester, Michigan: The Community Foundation of Greater Rochester has been awarded a $408,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation for the benefit of the Paint Creek Trailways Commission. This grant will be used to fund two major projects on the Paint Creek Trail, a popular 8.9 mile regional rail trail and key link in Oakland County’s Oak Routes and Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail network. Funding from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation will enable the Trailways …
The Paint Creek Trail will be closed between Dutton and Silverbell roads all day Friday, March 22nd. 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 May 2019. Please plan your visit to the Trail tomorrow accordingly.
The Paint Creek Trail will be closed between Dutton and Silverbell roads all day on Monday, March 11th and Tuesday, March 12th, 2019. 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 May 2019. Please plan your visit on Monday and Tuesday next week accordingly.
On Dec. 12th the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board recommended that Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission (OTPRC) be awarded a $228,400 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for improvements at the Township’s Paint Creek Junction Park. The purpose of this grant project, titled “Iron Belle – Paint Creek Trail Northern Trailhead” is to provide a trailhead at Paint Creek Junction Park, adjacent to the Paint Creek Trail. Since the Paint Creek Trail is an important link in the statewide Iron-Belle trail system, this project also supports that trail too! Many residents may not know that each community that …
The Paint Creek Trailways Commission, an intergovernmental agency that owns and operates the 8.9 mile recreational Paint Creek Trail, is proud to announce the hiring of Melissa Ford as the Paint Creek Trail’s new manager. Ford’s responsibilities as Trail Manager include overseeing the maintenance of the Trail, managing Trail development projects, grant administration, and leading updates of the Trail’s Recreation Master Plan.
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 …
Holly Towery, a 32 year old mother of three from Royal Oak, was reported missing on Tuesday, June 12. On Thursday, June 14, 2018, at approximately 6:00pm, her vehicle was found in the Paint Creek Trail Dutton Road Parking lot in Oakland Township. The Sheriff’s Department began investigating, but unfortunately, found Ms. Towery deceased by suicide at around 8:00pm, near the Paint Creek Trail in Oakland Township. We would like to quell any rumors that may be spreading that may make our neighbors and trail users unsafe while on the trail. Our hearts go out to Ms. Towery’s family and …
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.