Genesee Valley Trail shortened due to change in funding, length

FLINT TWP. — The proposed length of the Genesee Valley Trail has changed after a change in funding and length.

The revised length of the trail is now 2.37-miles and the revised federal cost is $788,695. Prior to the change, the trail was originally planned for 2.86-miles long and with a federal cost of $1,021,643.

Supervisor Karyn Miller said the change was mainly due to easements, and that Norko Drive did not allow for enough clearance for the path.

“This is longer than the original plan,” she said of the change. “The trail will go to the Genesee Valley Center bus stop, then to the crosswalk and then to the west side of Linden Road.”

Miller said the township is waiting for the Genesee Valley Center to grant easements for the project. “We’re trying to put the pinch on the Genesee Valley Center,” she said.

The proposal for the Genesee Valley Trail involves converting an abandoned railroad into a recreational trail. The trail runs alongside M-21 and the old CN Railroad Line in the township from the City of Flint city limit to Genesee Valley Center on Linden Rd. The trail will consist of a 10-foot-wide, non-motorized pathway. Construction on the Genesee Valley Trail should begin in this spring.

For more information on the Genesee Valley Trail, call the township at 810-732-1350.

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