Border-to-Border Trail Update

On Sept. 19 the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC), the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI), and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) held an informational meeting at the Washington Educational Center in Chelsea regarding the construction on the latest segment of the Border-to-Border Trail  (B2B). This new segment lies on the south side of the railroad tracks that runs 2.1 miles parallel to Dexter-Chelsea road from Freer road to Lima Center.

Representatives from WCPARC, HWPI, and MDOT held an open-house forum from 6:30 – 8 pm where attendees could ask specific questions pertaining to their property or general questions such as timelines and where the path will be going.

On Oct. 4, Roy Townsend, Project Manager at WCPARC, released an update to individuals who provided their contact information at that meeting.

Dear Area Property Owners:

I met many of you at the Public Information meeting at Chelsea Educational Center last month. At the Public Information meeting, you indicated on the sign in sheet you wanted to be included in project updates.


So here is the 1st project update:

  1. We had the preconstruction meeting with the Contractor, Salenbien Trucking and Excavating last week.


  1. The Contractor and their subcontractors plan to get started later in October on the tree removals, provided they complete the other projects they are working on.


They will also plan start on the grading work this fall.  There will be minimal work done during the winter months and heavy work would start back up in the spring.  However, with road construction Contractors the schedule can change due to weather and workload.  Which why I will plan send out updates to let you know the Contractors most current plans.

If you have questions on this project please feel free to contact me, you can also share this with your neighbors or have them contact me if they also want to be included in future project updates.  Also if you want to be removed from this email list please just let me know too!

We appreciate your support and we look forward to building a successful trail project in your community!



Roy D. Townsend, P.E.

Project Manager

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation

734-845-1903  cell

734-971-6337 ext. 0  office

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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