Metro Detroit Bike Shorts: Construction time

Construction season is upon us and there are many trail- or bike-related projects in the works. Here are some brief updates:

  • Construction on the Clinton River Trail bridge over Telegraph in Pontiac is expected to begin in a month and be completed this year.
  • The bridge construction which is causing weekday closures of the Dequindre Cut is apparently on schedule and should be completed by September.
  • Atwater Street is also under construction between Rivard and Orleans in Detroit. When completed, we heard it will have bike lanes from the Ren Cen to Jos Campau.
  • The city of Detroit is updating the bike lanes on Belle Isle and adding more on some of the internal roads thanks to some unexpected, but much welcomed grant funding.
  • The contract for Wayne State University’s bike lane/streetscape project on Anthony Wayne Drive shows the project being completed by November.
  • MTGA and others are still working with MDOT to try and get bike lanes on Michigan Avenue from Livernois to Rosa Parks in Corktown.
  • Construction of the new MDOT trail along M-5 between 13 Mile and 14 Mile is underway — and it looks like the trail will be an awesome ride once completed.

And some non-construction updates:

  • The city of Royal Oak has received their federal funding for their non-motorized planning efforts. We can expect them to start soon.
  • The city of Novi has issued a Request for Proposals to develop a non-motorized plan.
  • Wayne County has submitted an MDOT grant application which would extend the Conner Creek Greenway from the Mt. Olivet Cemetery to Eight Mile. This project is a mix of shared-use path and bike lanes.

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One Response to “Metro Detroit Bike Shorts: Construction time”

  1. Sandi Svoboda Says:

    Thanks for the updates! If you ride east from Rivard Park/the Wheelhouse and through Milliken State Park, there is a paved sidewalk that gets you through the construction on Atwater and connects to the Cut and the RiverWalk along the river. You don’t have to detour inland onto the less-than-desirable streets — on a bike anyway!

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