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Meridian Township to Receive $645,000 for Trails Project
Post Date:05/06/2019 1:14 PM
The Ingham County Board of Commissioners has awarded Meridian Township $645,000 from the Ingham County Parks and Trails Millage for the construction of Phase 2 of the MSU to Lake Lansing Trail Connector Project.
Phase 2 will provide 1.2 mile of paved trail from Park Lake Road to Okemos Road through private property including Campus Hills Apartments, and the Rysberg Land Preservation property. The total estimated cost is $860,000. In addition to the County’s trail millage award, the remaining $215,000 will be a 25% match from the Township Pathway Millage.
The entire length of the ultimate MSU to Lake Lansing trail is approximately 5.5 miles long from Hagadorn Road to Lake Lansing and includes three Phases.
Phase 1 will extend for approximately 1.1 miles from Hagadorn Road along the Red Cedar River and CN railroad to Park Lake Drive and Grand River Avenue. The cost of Phase 1 is estimated at $3 million and Meridian Township was awarded $2.65 million for this phase, including $1.7 Million from MDOT.
“This has been a long time coming. The Study conducted by Ingham County trails millage consultant this project as the highest trail priority in Ingham County“ said Chief Engineer Younes Ishraidi. “Having this trail connect MSU to Lake Lansing is not only a great enhancement for non-motorized users, but an important link with the university, business community and residential areas.”
In November 2014, Ingham County voters approved a new millage to support the development of a county-wide regional trails and parks system.