TRAVERSE CITY — Transportation officials hope that by summer families will be able to bike from northern Empire to Glen Arbor on a path that would weave through Sleeping Bear National Lakshore.
Construction is set to begin on the second section of the paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, a planned 27-mile pathway that will go through the national park.
“This trail is the first trail in the Lakeshore that provides mutli-use capabilities,” said Lee Jameson, facility manager at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. “With its width and design standards, it will provide great opportunities for families on bicycles to move throughout the lakeshore to a variety of attractions.”
The second segment, which runs from northern Empire to the dune climb, is scheduled to be built this spring. Michigan Department of Transportation planned to start work on Monday, but the work could be delayed because of lingering snow.
The new segment is a 5.5-mile stretch, said Gary Niemi, a development engineer at the Michigan Department of Transportation Traverse City Transportation Center.
The majority of path construction will take place away from roads, but there will be intermittent shoulder closures along M-109 and M-22, according to a press release from the MDOT.
The project is scheduled for completion at the end of June.