With the unusually warm temperatures we have had, the trail is being well used by all. We do want to remind everyone to report any trail conditions needing attention to the Friends of I-275 Metro Trail.
The Friends group has begun its spring clean-ups on the trail. We invite every trail user to come out and help. When known enough in advance, the workdays are announced on this site giving the date, time and location of the clean-up. Check the calendar on right side. If you would like to receive an email with the same information, send your email address to I275MetroTrail@yahoo.com. Your email will be added to our distribution list for trail volunteers. We respect your privacy and will use your email only for trail-related items.
The Friends of I-275 Metro Trail, along with Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and MDOT, had an extremely productive meeting this month. Our three organizations are working hard to make the trail an enjoyable experience for all. As you enjoy the trail you may see some of the fruits of our labor. There is liquid tar in trail cracks north of Michigan Ave. The fencing has been repaired at the northbound Ford Rd entrance ramp and along M-14. Downed trees are removed. MDOT has an aggressive plan to kill the phragmites (just remember it will not happen overnight) and vines.
MDOT is finishing the trail south of Michigan Ave. Fencing and signage still need to be installed. Landscaping also needs to be completed. MDOT will continue to send updates to the Friends group and we will pass it along to all. The long-term goal is to have it open this spring. Even though this wonderful weather makes us all think it has been spring for a few weeks already, it has only just arrived. The goal of opening it during the spring is still there. It might not be next week, but it will hopefully be before June. Once it is open, it will be open only as far south as Hannan Rd under I-94. The trail south of that point has not been refurbished.
The Friends group is in contact with MDOT to set up a communication system to update and alert the trail users of any impact to the trail from the I-275 bridge construction that begins this month. The construction could potentially affect the trail at Ecorse, Van Born, the Canton Lower Rouge connector north of Michigan Ave, Palmer, Cherry Hill, and Joy Roads. All other I-275 construction, at this time, looks like it will be to the east or west of the trail. If the trail is affected by any bridge construction, that section of the trail will be closed to traffic. Please respect any and all barriers – DO NOT CROSS. It is for your own safety. We all know what bridge work entails from our many experiences trying to get through them on the highways.
The Friends of I-275 Metro Trail welcome any questions or comments you may have.