Dan Elliott, EIT
Southeast Michigan Branch Manager
The Huron River winds its way through approximately 35 miles of Washtenaw County. In an on-going effort of communities along the River, a recreational trail following most of the River’s route has been constructed. The trail connects the Village of Dexter, the City of Ann Arbor and the City of Ypsilanti while passing by multiple parks and educational facilities along the way including the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.
Along the west bank of the River, just north of the Village of Dexter, lies the Hudson Mills Metropark. The newest 2.7 mile segment of trail was constructed through the Metropark and includes 1,600 linear feet of timber boardwalk supported on timber piles. The construction also included the installation of a prefabricated steel bridge and corresponding concrete abutments supported on steel piles. MTC team members Dan Elliott, EIT, Mark Hertlein, Karl Steffes, Mark Gronowski, Brian Bigorowski and Jason Fox worked alongside the Huron-Clinton Metropark and the Washtenaw County Road Commission to help see the project to completion this past summer. Now that the trail is complete, it not only serves as a recreational trail for hikers, bikers, and cross country skiers, it also serves a non motorized transportation route between the communities, educational institutions, and businesses located along the Huron River connecting “our community” from border to border.