Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) Projects
B2B Project Planning
The Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) is the product of an ongoing collaboration of communities and organizations who are dedicated to safe, accessible, shared-use, non-motorized recreation and transportation. For implementation purposes, the trail has been broken down into corridors and segments. These segments are in various stages of planning, design or construction, either directly by Washtenaw County Parks or in partnership with other municipalities and organizations. This page highlights some of the most active segments or components of the B2B that are in process.
Dexter to Ann Arbor Corridor
Dexter-Huron Metropark to Zeeb Road
Under Construction. This project is 1.2 miles long and includes two pedestrian bridges over the Huron River. Construction is anticipated to be complete in fall 2019.
River Restrictions During Construction:
Following the Fourth of July weekend, two pedestrian bridges for the B2B over the Huron River in Dexter-Huron Metropark will begin the installation process, which is expected to take several months and will have minor impacts to all river traffic until the project is complete.
Most paddlers and tubers will only be affected by temporary buoys in the river to direct watercraft away from the active work zone. However, it will be necessary to have several complete river closures, impacting all watercraft in the work zone. Full closures are only permitted during the day, Monday through Friday and will not be allowed on weekends or holidays. Each river closure will last about a day and will only be implemented when necessary for public safety, for example: when lifting the bridges into final position over the river.
Exact dates for river closures will be posted approximately a week in advance on the project page on the Washtenaw County Road Commission’s website. The project page will provide more detailed information and the ability to subscribe to project updates, including notifications of river closures.
Project Contact: Peter Sanderson, PLA.
- Official project page with the ability to subscribe to project updates. This project is being administered by the Washtenaw County Road Commission because of the MDOT grant funding.
- Construction FAQs
- Public meeting for notice of construction was held on 1/9/2019 at the Dexter Library.
- Map of the project (PDF). Scale 1"=200'
- Statement regarding construction impacts and trees
- Project funding: Transportation Alternatives Program grant (MDOT), Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant (MDNR), Washtenaw County Road and Trails Millage, Private (Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative).
Zeeb Road to Delhi Metropark
In 2018, WCPARC completed background research and environmental investigations prior to final engineering, which is now in process. The trail is proposed on the south side of Huron River Drive before crossing the Huron River and entering into Delhi Metropark (1.8 miles total). Trees in the project area have been tagged as part of the survey process. These tree tags are for inventory purposes only and do not necessarily indicate tree removal. Project Contact: Peter Sanderson, PLA.
- Initial, segment specific public meeting was held on February 1, 2018 to discuss the plans and alignment options
- A Public meeting for feedback on the route was held 1/9/2019 at the Dexter Library.
- Map of the proposed project (PDF). Scale 1"=200'
- Construction goal: FY 2020
Delhi Metropark to Wagner Road
In 2018, WCPARC completed background research and environmental investigations. This information is currently being used to determine a detailed, preferred alignment (total project is 1 mile). More public engagement will occur on this segment prior to final engineering. Project Contact: Peter Sanderson, PLA.
Barton-Bandemer Connection Feasibility Study
Washtenaw County Parks and the City of Ann Arbor have hired an engineering firm to perform a feasibility study to construct a pedestrian and non-motorized tunnel underneath the MDOT railroad at the north end of Bandemer Park. Additionally, the team is exploring options for routing the trail through Barton Nature Area to connect to the parking lot south of Barton Dam, approximately 0.6 miles. Project Contact: Peter Sanderson, PLA.
- A public meeting to seek feedback was held on 2/26/2019 at Forsythe Middle School. View the presentation from the meeting.
- Public feedback form - comment period extended through the end of April, 2019
- Map of the proposed project and project description
Master Plan: Dexter to Ann Arbor
In 2016, Washtenaw County Parks with the help of a consultant team, completed a Master Plan (PDF) for the B2B between Dexter and Ann Arbor (7.17 miles). The plan serves as a guiding document for detailed design and engineering and will involve a great deal of coordination with many agencies, municipalities, and organizations. All public comments (PDF) that were received on the Master Plan draft are available for viewing.
Dexter to Chelsea Corridor
Freer Road to Lima Center Road (Phase 1)
Under Construction. 2.1 miles in length, this project began construction in November and is anticipated to be open in mid 2019. Project contact: Roy Townsend, PE
City of Dexter to Parker Road Alignment Study
A consultant team will be exploring various route options for the trail to connect from Mill Creek Park in Dexter to the planned connection point near the intersection of Wylie Road and Dexter-Chelsea Road. Stay tuned for public input opportunities.
Lima Center Road to Parker Road Alignment Study
Staff and a consultant team are exploring various route options for the trail between Lima Center Road and Parker Road. Stay tuned for public input opportunities.
Chelsea to Stockbridge Corridor
Werkner Road at M-52 to the Green Lake Campground (Phase 1)
2.6 miles open for use! Please park along the Green Lake Campground access road (DNR Recreation Passport required) or in the City of Chelsea's Veteran's Park. The project will be finalized in 2019 with some additional signs and landscaping. Please note that this section does not receive winter maintenance.
Green Lake Campground to North Territorial Road at M-52 (Phase 2)
Phase 2 of the project above is 2.1 miles long and is anticipated to be completed in 2019. Tree removal will be starting in January 2019 and will be complete by March 31 in order to adhere to environmental regulations regarding Indiana Bat, Northern Long-Eared Bat, and Oak Wilt Disease. A public meeting was held on January 16, 2019 at the Lyndon Township Hall where formal notice of work was provided. Project Contact: Peter Sanderson, PLA.
North Territorial Road at M-52 to the Washtenaw/Jackson County Border (Phase 3)
This project is 3.0 miles long and is anticipated to be under construction in 2019. To seek feedback on the route, a public meeting was held on January 16, 2019 at the Lyndon Township Hall. The trail is proposed to be within the M-52 right of way. Tree removal will be starting in February 2019 and will be complete by March 31 in order to adhere to environmental regulations regarding Indiana Bat, Northern Long-Eared Bat, and Oak Wilt Disease. Project contact: Roy Townsend, PE.
WCPARC is finalizing a planning process to determine the long-term plan for how to best route, sign, and improve the trail in the Ypsilanti area. This project includes coordinating a connection with Wayne County. Public engagement sessions were held on March 27 and 29, 2018.
The Northwest Passage: Hudson Mills to Lakelands Trail
Alternatives Analysis and Feasibility Studies
Washtenaw County Parks is working with the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority (HCMA), Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI), Livingston County officials, and other agencies to determine a potential trail route that would continue the B2B from Hudson Mills Metropark, north to the Lakelands Trail.