Saginaw Moves Forward on 2 Miles of Tri-County Rail Trail

Two miles of the more than 40-mile Tri-County Rail Trail moved forward in Saginaw on Monday as the county’s Parks railand Recreation Commission received approval by the Board of Commissioners to act as lead agency on a $300,000 application.

The grant, through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund, will be used – if approved – to develop a two-mile stretch of trail from Kochville Road in Zilwaukee Township to the Saginaw-Bay County line.

The tri-county trail’s three-phase project aims to connect Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties through walkable and bikeable paths. It has an estimated price tag of $17.8 millon and a more than 10-year timeline, according to a 2009 path study done by the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail Committee.

It also plays a role in Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to establish 599 connected miles of walk-able trails in the state that span from Detroit’s Belle Isle all the way through the Upper Peninsula.

The additional $100,000 to $150,000 needed to make Saginaw County’s two-mile project a reality is provided through the trail committee.

If the grant is received, construction could start as early as next year.

From WSGW News Radio 790