Construction of final section of Pere Marquette Trail begins

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For Michigan’s rail-trail, the end of construction is finally in sight.

Construction on the final section of the Pere Marquette Rail-to-Trail is expected to start next week if weather permits.

James Lake is a communications representative for the department of transportation.

He said, “The project that we’re talking about is really just the latest extension of the existing Pere Marquette Rail-to-trail which currently runs from Midland all the way over to Baldwin. And we’re going to be working on the last segment of it between Reed City and Baldwin.”

Lake said the 16.8 mile section will be surfaced with limestone.

He said it makes a smoother, low-maintenance surface for non-motorized wheeled vehicles. things like wheelchairs and bicyclists. “This is a pretty popular trail, and we’d expect with the new surface it’s going to be even more popular”.

Construction is expected to last until the end of June.