Coming soon to Scio Township: an extended Zeeb Road Pathway

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Scio Township is finally moving forward on extending the Zeeb Road pathway from where it ends near Dexter-Ann Arbor Road.

This latest segment project will see the pathway extend along Zeeb Road from approximately 100-feet south of Dexter-Ann Arbor Road to cross the road and then go across Zeeb and follow up its east side to end up at about 1,200-feet north of Miller Road.

The pathway segment is scheduled for construction in 2021. It will include three road crossings, approximately 650-feet of retaining wall and various drainage improvements.

This will put the Zeeb pathway that much closer to connecting with the Border-to-Border Trail, along Huron River Drive.

To get this project moving forward, the township board approved two important agreements at its April 27 meeting. Those were an engineering contract with OHM Advisors in the amount of $129,000 and a construction agreement with L.J. Construction in the amount of $659,620.

L.J. worked with the township on previous pathway phases.

The funding for this overall project is budgeted and is coming from voter-approved millage funds.

According to OHM, the project includes the construction of an eight-foot-wide asphalt shared use pathway that extends the existing pathway 1,900 linear feet and adds 200-linear feet of 10-foot-wide boardwalk. It will also include pedestrian signal improvements at the intersection of Dexter-Ann Arbor Road and Zeeb Road.

OHM will help oversee the professional services for the construction inspection and construction engineering services.

In other parks and recreation news, the township approved a proposal for completion of parks and nature preserve public access work begun in previous fiscal year.

According to this project’s background report, “the township undertook improvements to several parks/nature preserves to make these areas more accessible to the public. Construction of parking lots and entrances began in 2020, but this work was not completed before winter limited construction activities. This proposal would finish the work that was begun in the prior fiscal year. In the case of the parking lot at the Liberty Pond Nature Area, the design of the parking area has been modified to allow for use by school buses. This site is a popular destination for school field trips.”

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