The following news comes courtesy of the Friends of the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail-Trails.
Lansing, MI: The Natural Resource Trust Board approved a recommendation of two trust Fund Applications for the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail-Trails: TF17-0052 (Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail North Segment) and TF17-0035 (Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail South Phase), with each application being awarded $290,000. The recommendation now awaits Governor Snyder approval which is expected in January. Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2018.
Complete Project Break Down
Total Project: $2,400,000.00
M-DOT Grant: $1,500,000.00
Trust Fund Grant $580,000
Fred Meijer Donation $320,000
The Fred Meijer River Valley Rail-Trails is comprised of two trail systems; the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trails which connects the communities of Greenville, Belding and Lowell, and the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail which connects the communities of Lowell, Saranac, and Ionia. The Fred Meijer River Valley Rail-Trails is 38 miles and is the linchpin that connects the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail (Greenville to Alma) to the Fred Meijer Clinton, Ionia, Shiawassee Trail (Ionia to Owosso), and completes the 125mile Mid Michigan Trail Network.
More information will be released in late January.