Posts Tagged ‘Macomb Orchard Trail’

Huge County Trail Loop planned for Macomb

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Free Press is reporting on Macomb County’s ambitious plans for a non-motorized trail which would encircle the county. The resulting trail would be 70 miles long and completed in 2011.

An ambitious $8.5-million project is under way to connect several existing hike-bike trails into a giant, continuous loop that officials say will stretch from central to northern Macomb County and — hopefully — attract hikers, cyclers, runners and joggers from across the region.

The plans call for the loop to connect the Macomb Orchard Trail in the northern section of the county, south to the Stony Creek Metro Park Trail, east to the Metro Beach Trail, through Mt. Clemens, and then back up to the Macomb Orchard Trail.

This trail loop could connect to Detroit through a much-discussed connection to the Conner Creek Greenway. It could also connect to Madison Heights using a trail along the Red Run.

Link: Macomb County Trailways Master Plan

While this news is welcomed, we certainly would like to see equal effort put towards making Macomb County roads more bike-friendly.

And as we noted earlier the Road Commission for Macomb County is uninformed and unwilling to implement safe cycling on their roads. That simply needs to change if Macomb County hopes to remain competitive with respect to creating liveable communities.

Macomb Orchard Trail Bridge to Open

Thursday, October 9th, 2008
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It’s been a long time coming.  The Macomb Orchard Trail bridge over M-53 and just east of Romeo is nearly complete.

A bridge grand opening ceremony is planned for this Saturday, October 11th at 1pm.

Link: M-53 Grand Opening information

Before the bridge, crossing M-53 on bike or foot was dangerous.  Fortunately Macomb County Planning, MDOT and the Friends of the Macomb Orchard Trail spearheaded this effort to make this crossing easier and safer.  So while we celebrate the bridge opening, we mustn’t forget to thank those who made it happen.

Macomb Orchard Trail Updates

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

The Macomb Orchard Trail bridge over M-53 near 32 Mile is under construction as of April 14th.  Its completion is expected around the end of July.

In the meantime, the bigger issue is the International Transmission Companies (ITC) “scorched earth” policy of clearcutting trees within their power line easement.  This easement is on both the trail and the neighboring residential properties.  So far, ITC has cleared trees along the trail from Dequindre to Romeo.  They plan on doing the same devastation to the Clinton River Trail.  Both counties are pursuing all options to prevent or mitigate this destruction.

The Detroit Free Press has an article describing ITC’s devastating actions.