The terms and conditions of the $350,000 DNR Development Grant allocated for funding sixteen proposed projects along the Iron Belle Trail were approved by the Genesee County Parks Commission – another step in the ongoing construction for new sections of the non-motorized trail.
The Iron Belle, the longest state-sponsored hiking and biking trail in the nation, stretches from Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula, and winds through parts of Genesee County. It includes a 1,273- mile hiking route that is 69 percent complete, and a 791- mile bicycle route that is 64 percent complete.
The projects slated for Genesee County include preliminary engineering for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the City of Burton and the City of Grand Blanc.
The City of Burton will require the engineering for a 1.7-mile stretch between Burton and Grand Blanc Township ($7,282); the City of Grand Blanc for “construction assistance for shared lane pavement markings and sign purchase and installation” and route planning ($18,900); and $25,000 to the Michigan Department of Transportation in Genesee County for “the Iron Belle Trail along M-15 from Hegel Road in Goodrich to County Line Road in Atlas Township in southern Genesee County.”
Genesee County was approved for the grant in 2015 and 2016 for projects, all of which, according to a press release from the State of Michigan, “are completed or