A few Friends attended the MDOT information meeting on Ford Rd and I-275 on Thursday, May 30, at the Summit in Canton Township.MDOT’s proposal going forward with is to turn Ford Rd into a boulevard.The majority of the proposed road changes do not affect the I-275 trail.The vast majority of the Ford Rd improvements starts on the west side of I-275 and continue west.There is one small exception that does affect the trail.
MDOT is making crossing the entrance and exit ramps on both north and south sides of Ford Rd more non-motorized friendly.If you have seen what MDOT built at US-23 and Washtenaw Rd, MDOT proposes implementing the same design at I-275 and Ford Rd.The paths being created on each side of Ford Rd will tie into the Metro Trail.That is where the trail improvements end.The .pdf file on the proposal can be found here… http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/I-275_and_M-153_PIM_Alternative_3_Boulevard_422540_7.pdf(It is a large file and may take a while to load.)
Not part of this proposal is a new and safer crossing at the trail itself to get across Ford Rd just east of I-275.Those of us who attended the meeting left comments that we would like to see that crossing improved.If you would also like to voice your concerns or comments, you can send an e-mail to MDOTfirstname.lastname@example.org
Received this email from MDOT, and this could have impact on the trail and/or access to the trail…
This e-mail is sent to inform you of the continuing I-275 at M-153 (Ford Road) Area Traffic and Environmental Study and Evaluation Project. The study area for the subject project is bordered by Sheldon Road, Warren Road, Lotz Road, and Cherry Hill Road.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) invites you to attend the final public meeting on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 5 – 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at Summit on the Park in Canton, Michigan. The address is 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton, MI 48188.
MDOT plans to recap the first three public meetings and unveil the Preferred Alternative for the project.
The meeting will be an open house format. There will be no formal presentation but numerous stations for you to get information on the project and to talk with project team members. We encourage you to give us feedback and voice your concerns. Your input and participation with MDOT will help to identify the goals and solutions which is a critical element of the project process.
If available, please plan to attend this important meeting. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the MDOT Taylor Transportation Service Center at 313-375-2400.
The city of Novi was awarded a Federal Transportation Alternatives Program grant for Phase I of the Metro Connector Trail project. Phase I is being designed now and will start construction in 2014.
Phase I will construct a 10 foot wide pathway along the east side of Meadowbrook Road from the I-275 Metro Trail to the north side of Twelve Mile Road.
Phase II is currently planned as a 2015/16 project. This 10 foot wide pathway will continue north on Meadowbrook Rd, along the east side, to Thirteen Mile Road. It will continue along the south side of Thirteen Mile Road to the M-5 Metro Trail.
This project will fill a gap in our regional trail system which the I-275 Metro Trail is a vital part of.
Congratulations Novi and from all non-motorized trail users – Thank You!
We have received two really exciting I-275 Metro Trail updates from MDOT.
The first is in the “northern” end of the trail. The city of Novi received a Transportation Alternatives Program award. The city is beginning the process of constructing a trail along Meadowbrook Rd that will go from the I-275 Metro Trail to 13 Mile Rd. Once this connection is complete, you will be able to continue along the 13 Mi Trail to the M-5 Metro Trail.
The second update is for the “southern” end of the trail. The extension of the I-275 Metro Trail to Huron Dr is programmed. Construction will begin January, 2014. This will directly connect the Metro Trail to Willow Metro Park and the Downriver Trail System.
Good news all around for trail users. Helmets and hats off to MDOT and the city of Novi!
MDOT apologizes to trail users for the short notice on this temporary closing.
The trail will be closed from 6 Mile to Hines Dr next week, starting on Jan 7, so that the vegetation along the trail can be cut back. Since they will be cutting back the trees along the trail, the trail will be closed for all our safety.
This will really help the condition of the trail along that stretch that we will all get to enjoy, so everyone please give the contractor the time and space they need. This will also give the trail’s volunteer group opportunity to work on other areas of the trail starting this spring.