Construction on White Pine/Pioneer Trails Connector Starts
Construction has started on the connector between the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail in Comstock Park and the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail in Walker. Once it is complete, Trail users will be able to cycle, or even hike, from Hart to Comstock Park to Cadillac on an uninterrupted, continuous trail. Tom Byle, assistant director of engineering for the Kent County Road Commission, said the extension should be “substantially complete” and usable by October 23.
Last summer, an extension of the Pioneer Trail was completed from the intersection of Alpine Avenue and Three Mile Road east to where Three Mile Road dead ends near the WZZM television station, and then through some easements along Hillside Drive and then to the intersection of West River Drive and Lankamp Street. This summer the final leg of the extension, a 10-foot wide segment, is being built along the east side of West River Drive to North Park Street in Comstock Park where the two Trails will meet. A “refuge island” on West River Drive at Lankamp will be built to make crossing from Lankamp to the east side of West River Drive easier.
Byle said this final part of the connector has taken especially careful planning because there are wetlands on the east side of West River Drive.
The project is paid for by a TAP (Transportation Alternative Program) grant. The program focuses on developing areas for non-motorized activities.
(For more information about the White Pine Trail click HERE.