Border-2-Border Trail: Construction plans remain on course heading into 2020

Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI) volunteers are working with the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s (WCPARC) Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) team, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC), and other state and local government agencies to develop new non-motorized trail segments. With the support of the entire community, these trail segments will ultimately complete the B2B throughout Washtenaw County and beyond.

The B2B is part of the Michigan Iron Belle Trail, a state-wide trail system.

The completed B2B will feature The Huron River Greenway with eight themed bridges spanning the Huron River between Ann Arbor and Dexter, and The Huron Waterloo Loop, a continuous 44-mile pathway passing through the Waterloo and Pinckney State Recreational Areas and including a portion of the existing Lakelands Trail. By connecting and showcasing our communities, the HWPI hopes to encourage healthy and active lifestyles, while also promoting economic development.

As 2019 comes to a close, here is an update from the HWPI and the multi-year, 22-mile construction drive that strives to complete the B2B regional trail system by 2023.

2019 Completed Construction

Dexter-Chelsea Connection: A 2.1-mile trail segment beginning at Freer Road in Chelsea, extending east to North Lima Center Road.

Ypsilanti Township, Grove Road Segment: This half mile stretch of trail connects to Rawsonville Elementary, giving local children a safe path to walk to school.

Riverside Park, Ann Arbor
A more than 30-year-old, half mile trail segment was reconstructed along the Huron River in Ann Arbor, from Broadway Street to Maiden Lane.

2019 Under Construction

Dexter-Ann Arbor / Huron River Corridor: This segment will extend the B2B 1.2 miles from the Dexter Huron Metropark to Zeeb Road, at Huron River Drive, and will include two new bridges spanning the Huron River. Anticipated opening: Spring 2020.
Chelsea-Stockbridge Connection: This 2.1 mile stretch begins at the Green Lake campground, extending to Territorial Road.