LANSING — Federal, state and local funds will be used for the Lakelands Trail in Livingston County, said Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township.
“These trail improvements will help ensure that there is safe access to this beautiful trail for everyone interested in using it to enjoy Michigan’s fantastic natural resources,” Hune said. “I’m glad to see these funds dedicated to such a worthwhile project.”
The Livingston County Road Commission will use $927,523 in federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) funds, $339,013 from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund, $48,137 from Putnam Township and the Pinckney Downtown Development Authority, and a $50,000 donation from a local resident for trail improvements. The project total is more than $1.3 million.
The planned improvements to Lakelands Trail include paving 6.2 miles of the trail from Hamburg Township to the border of Unadilla Township, along with trailhead parking at D-19, Kelly Road and at Cedar Lake Road near the Pinckney State Recreation Area. The project also includes the restoration of five pedestrian bridges, replacement of six culverts, the addition of six resting areas and signage for pedestrians.
Additionally, a turf trail will be developed alongside the paved trail to accommodate horseback riders and to link with the equestrian turf trail in Hamburg Township.
According to the Michigan Department of Transportation’s website, the TE program is a competitive grant program that funds projects such as nonmotorized paths, streetscapes, and historic preservation of transportation facilities. Administered by MDOT, these investments enhance Michigan’s transportation system by providing choices, promoting walkability and improving safety.
More information on the Transportation Enhancement program is available at: www.michigan.gov/tea.