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					Trail Sections Northern Section:

Map 1 – Proposed Northern Loops

The map above outlines plans for the northern section of the Dickinson County NonMotorized Trail System. Trail Sections marked in blue represent bicycle routes along paved roadways. Trail sections marked in brown represent bicycle routes along dirt roads as well as an off-road mountain bike trail. The trail sections marked in red represent backpacking and hiking trails. Each of these trails will be discussed in detail in this section. Bicycle route signs will be placed approximately 1 mile apart except in areas where more signs are necessary to make the route clear. An inventory of signs needed for the Northern Section can be found in Appendix A – Signs. A cost schedule can also be found in Appendix A. All bicycle route signs will look like the sign shown in Figure 1 – Bicycle Route Sign.

Figure 1 – Bicycle Route Sign

Loop 1: Starting at the intersection of US-2 and Lake Antoine Road the route would head west along Industrial Drive. The route would begin at the west side of the snowmobile crossing of US-2. A small section of trail will need to be improved to spur off of the snowmobile trail and take bicyclist to Industrial Ave. This section of trail would be hard-packed gravel to maintain the current conditions, which are suitable for snowmobiles. Directional signs would indicate the option of continuing along the railroad grade to the Iron Mountain Trail Section described later, or the option of following Loop 1 along Industrial Ave. Striped lanes and signs would define the route along Industrial Ave. Five-foot wide lanes would be striped on each side of Industrial Ave. The route would pass under the railroad tracks via the tunnels where no bicycle lanes would exist. Here the route would reach the intersection of Bass Lake Road and Industrial Ave. The route would head north here, and a directional sign would indicate this and the option of turning south to follow Milwaukee Ave to the Iron Mountain Trail Section. The route would follow Bass Lake road north. It would be defined by bicycle route signs early on, but long term the Dickinson County Bike Path will pursue grants and fundraising to add Five foot wide paved shoulders for all of Bass Lake Road up to Merriman Road. This would separate bike traffic from automobile traffic making it safer to share the roads. At the intersection of Twin Falls Road and Bass Lake Road a directional sign would indicate a branch in the path. If a bicyclist were to continue north on Bass Lake Road, the bicyclist would be following Loop 2 described later in this document. If the bicyclist turns east on Twin Falls Road, they continue on Loop 1. More bicycle route signs will define the route along Twin Falls Road. The route will travel east until it reaches M-95. The route will cross M-95 and continue east along Old Carney Lake Road. Signs will also mark this section. Directional signs will indicate a branch in the trail at the intersection of Traders Mine Road and Old Carney Lake Road. Continuing east would take the rider into Loop 2 again, while turning south on Traders Mine Road would continue Loop 1. Signs will mark the route along Traders Mine Road. Signs will also mark the route through the industrial park to Lake Antoine Road. At Lake Antoine Road directional signs will indicate the options to either travel east and into the Central Trail Section described later, or west to finish Loop 1. Here the trail will take advantage of the Lake Antoine Bike Path and follow it to the snowmobile crossing at US-2, which will complete Loop 1. Loop 2: This section of trail would take advantage of the sections of trail on Old Carney Lake Road and Twin Falls Road described in Loop 1. Description of this trail will begin

at the intersection of Bass Lake Road and Twin Falls Road. This route will follow Bass Lake Road north until Merriman Road is reached. Initially this route will just be signed, but as described above the long-term goal will be to construct five foot wide paved shoulders along the road for the purpose of bicycle lanes. At Merriman Road the route will continue east across M-95 until Carney Lake Road is reached. Signs will mark this section of the route. At Carney Lake Road the route will turn to gravel and follow Carney Lake Road south until the intersection of Carney Lake Road and Rock Dam Road. Here the trail will head south along Rock Dam Road. Signs will indicate Rock Dam Scenic Area. This will also be a trailhead for the Hiking/Backpacking Trail System described below. South of Rock Dam Scenic Area signs will indicate the start of the Rock Dam-Carney Lake Mountain Bike Trail, which is also described below. Loop 2 will continue along Rock Dam Road until it reaches the intersection of Old Carney Lake Road and Traders Mine Road. Here the description in Loop 1 pertains to the rest of the loop as this route will follow Old Carney Lake Road and Twin Falls Road back to the starting point at the intersection of Twin Falls Road and Bass Lake Road. Permits will need to be obtained from the Michigan DNR to place routes along Michigan DNR Roads. A copy of the application for these permits can be found in Appendix B – Permits. Rock Dam-Carney Lake Mountain Bike Trail: This trail will begin with a small parking area just off Rock Dam Road. It will cross Pine Creek on an existing bridge and travel across rolling rocky terrain approximately 4 miles until it reaches Carney Lake Park. Permit applications for this trail can be seen in Appendix B – Permits. Hiking/Backpacking Trail System: This trail system will take advantage of the DNR’s long-term goal of returning the Groveland and Cassidy Creek District to primarily Old Growth Recreational Areas. Initially this trail system will contain trailheads at Rock Dam Scenic Area, Carney Lake, and Lost Creek Bridge off Carney Lake Road. A trail will cross Pine Creek just below Rock Dam Falls and head east along ridges and escarpment towards Carney Lake. This trail will offer outstanding views and campsites along cliff overlooks and wilderness lakes. Just west of the power lines a junction in the trail will allow hikers to continue east to Carney Lake, or head north to the Lost Creek Trailhead. A trail junction just south of the Lost Creek Trailhead will allow hikers to follow Lost Creek southwest back to Rock Dam Scenic Area. The trail will cross Pine Creek just north of Rock Dam and climb a steep ridge to a dramatic overlook of Pine Creek Valley and the Lost Ridges to the north. The trail would continue south along Rock Dam through a camping area and eventually would lead back to the Rock Dam Trailhead. If we return to the trail junction just west of the power lines and take the trail that heads to Carney Lake we would cross the power lines and hike along a little known unnamed lake. A campsite would exist along this lake. The trail would follow uplands south around a large swamp until it could turn east and finish the journey to Carney Lake. From here the trail would continue along the south shore of Carney Lake before turning south. The trail would pass near a small, unnamed lake before reaching the backside of the bluffs that are visible off Upper Pine Creek Road. The trail would then travel northwest, enjoying the outstanding views along these bluffs. Trails would return to Rock Dam and Carney Lake from these overlooks. Wilderness campsites would exist at

various points along these trails. Reservation fees would be collected to maintain the area. A second phase to this trail system would have a trail head north from the Lost Creek Bridge Trailhead and climb into the high bluffs of the Lost Ridges. A trail would also pass around Carney Lake and stay on state land between Carney Lake and Rock Lake. These trails would link to the network of trails shown in Map 1. Trails in the Lost Ridges would highlight scenic overlooks and Lake 29 and link with the Merriman Ski Pathways at Lost Lake. Another trail would follow Lost Creek south until it joined up with the trail passing between Rock and Carney Lakes. More trails can be seen by looking at Map 1. This trail system also requires DNR Permits. Applications for these Permits can be found in Appendix B – Permits.

Iron Mountain Trail Section

Map 2 – Iron Mountain Trail Section

The Iron Mountain Trail Section will contain several smaller loops. It will also connect to the Northern Section described above and it will connect to the Kingsford Trail Section described below. Iron Mountain Trail Section will take advantage of future planning by Iron Mountain as well as Michigan DNR plans to extend the snowmobile trail to downtown Iron Mountain. One section of trail will begin near Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters on the north end of Pine Mountain Road. A small, signed section of bicycle route will connect to Bass Lake Road, providing a link to the Northern Section as well as opportunities to ride loops within Iron Mountain. The route will follow Pine Mountain Road south to the Kingsford City Boundary. The goal for this section of trail will be to build five-foot wide shoulders

on each side of Pine Mountain Road and sign dedicated bicycle lanes. Where Pine Mountain Road passes behind City Park there will be a trail that connects the Pine Mountain Bicycle Lanes to the City Park Trail System. There will also be a branch in the trail at Lehman Ave. Here a trail will head east to Milwaukee Ave. This section will either have a dedicated path following the power lines along the road or will need shoulders widened and dedicated bicycle lanes. Milwaukee Ave will extend the route from Bass Lake Road. Initially the route will be signed from the intersection of Industrial Ave to Main Street. Eventually we would like to widen the shoulders on this road to accommodate dedicate bicycle lanes. It will be important to have bicycle routes on both sides of the railroad tracks because of limited crossings on these tracks. At Main Street the path will follow Main Street East just across the tracks where it will join with the abandoned railroad grade that the Michigan DNR is railbanking. Map 3 will detail the DNR railbanking plan.

Map 3-DNR Railbanking Plan

The Bike Path will take advantage of a DNR plan to railbank abandoned railroad grade from the south side of Chapin Pits to the snowmobile crossing at the intersection of US-2 and Lake Antoine Road. We would like to construct a hard packed trail so that bicycles can enjoy off-road bicycling during non-winter months and snowmobiles can enjoy it in

the winter. There will be a fork in the trail north of Main Street. This fork will head towards Milwaukee Ave and pass under the existing railroad at the snowmobile bridge. There will be another fork here where riders can head northeast and follow what is the existing snowmobile trail to where it joins up with the main line that the DNR is railbanking. From this point the trail would head directly to the US-2/Lake Antoine Road Crossing. The city owns the area of land that used to be the Khoury property. There are long term plans to see development here that includes modifying Bellagama Road to pass under the tracks where the current snowmobile trail passes under the tracks and run the road to US-2. If this were done, the road would be built with bicycle lanes in mind. Right now we will focus on creating hard pack trails that can be enjoyed by both bicycles and snowmobiles. South of Chapin Pits the trail would continue to follow the railroad tracks until we reached Merritt Ave. We would work with Cable Constructors to gain enough space to run the trail along the tracks. At Merritt we would eliminate parking wherever possible and paint bicycle lanes on each side of the road. All necessary signage would also be included. In places where bicycle lanes were not possible we would need to just sign the street and let bicycles share the road with cars. Our goal would be to run the trail as far as E Street. Potential problem areas would be the Post Office and River Valley Bank. Long term the city plans on creating a linear park along the railroad tracks. When this occurs a dedicated non-motorized path would be constructed. At E Steet the trail would turn west. It would cross Carpenter at the intersection of E Street and Carpenter. There is no light here, but there is good visibility. The trail would continue west on E Street until Stockbridge Avenue. The bike path will have to jog north here to D Street then turn west on D Street and continue to Foster Street. The path along E Street, Stockbridge Ave, and D Street will be signed, and possibly striped depending on the desires of the residents. At Foster Street the bike path will initially follow Foster Street south to Crystal Lake Blvd. Here the bike path will follow Crystal Lake Blvd west to Forest Street where the bike path will turn north and follow Forest Street to C Street. This will link the bike path to the Community Center. Here the bike path will turn west again and follow C Street to Harding Ave where it will cross Harding Ave and enter City Park Property. There will also be bicycle lanes along Harding Ave south to the Kingsford city line to take advantage of Kingsford’s plan to stripe Harding Ave. The trail across City Park Property will tie into the existing City Park Trails that travel east-west across the park. The west end of City Park will be modified so that the trail can link with the bike lanes on Pine Mountain Road and also tie into the Kingsford Trail Section described below. Long term the trails in the Mud Lakes area (Foster Street, Crystal Lake Blvd, Forest St and C Street will be moved to dedicated non-motorized paths in the Mud Lake Nature Area. A complete loop would be constructed around both lakes. For better detail see Map 4 below.

Map 4 – Mud Lake/City Park Area

Kingsford Trail Section

Map 5 – Kingsford Trail Section

The Kingsford Trail Section description will begin at Westwood Avenue behind City Park. The route will head south along Westwood to Breitung Ave. From City Park to the intersection of Westwood and Woodward Avenue the route will utilize striped bicycle lanes wherever possible. In some places this will not be possible and appropriate signage will be necessary. An off-road trail will branch off of Westwood at the city line and end at the park on Woodward Ave just west of the intersection of Westwood and Woodward. This will make a route separate from car traffic possible. There is a non-motorized path along Woodward that will lead back to the intersection of Woodward and Westwood. A non-motorized path exists from the intersection of Woodward and Westwood through Lodal Park on Breitung Ave. There is also a non-motorized path that heads west from the intersection of Woodward and Westwood. This path continues to Cowboy Lake Park. From here the City of Kingsford is working on an off road trail that will follow the Menominee River south. There will be a trail from the Menominee River Trail that will head to the end of Pyle Dr, one that will head to the non-motorized path at the intersection of Breitung Ave and Westwood Ave, and one that will head to the end of Emmett St. From Emmett St there will be bicycle lanes along Garfield Street back to the non-motorized path at Lodal Park. There will also be bicycle lanes along Breen Ave, Balsam St, and Hooper St in the residential area south of Breitung Ave. At the south end of Balsam St there will be bicycle lanes that will run down River View Dr and make its way to the river. North of Breitung Ave Balsam St will have bicycle lanes all the way to Westwood Ave. Hooper St will have bicycle lanes up to Kingsford High School where it will turn into Pyle Drive. At the intersection of Pyle Dr and Hooper St there will also be a nonmotorized path that will travel around the east side of the high school and join up with Woodward Ave by following bicycle lanes on Union Street. Pyle Dr will also have bicycle lanes on each side of it from the high school heading west to the end of Pyle Dr where it will join with the Menominee River Trails. Woodward will have bicycle lanes from the intersection of Westwood and Woodward to the intersection of Woodward and Carpenter Ave. Harding Street will also have bicycle lanes from Woodward Ave north through the city line where the lanes will enter the Iron Mountain Trail Section described above. Carpenter Ave will also eventually get bicycle lanes from Woodward Ave south through Breen Ave. Striped bicycle lanes will line each side of Breitung Ave through the Kingsford city line east of the railroad tracks on Breitung Ave. West of the Kingsford City Line the lanes will enter the Breitung Township Trail Section described below. The plans laid out in this section are all part of the Kingsford City Trail Plan. They have already striped Westwood Ave, and much of Breitung. They are actively working on other areas. The Bike Path Committee should aim to assist the city with signing the routes. This would include placing informational signs at trail junctions, and include bicycle route signs that were displayed in figure 1. Some improvement will have to be made at the intersection of Breitung Ave and Carpenter Ave. We will want to get a crosswalk on both sides of Breitung Ave. For more detail on the Kingsford Trail Section see Map 5. Off road routes are marked in brown and paved routes are marked in blue.

Breitung Township Trail Section

Map 6 – Breitung Township Trail Section

Breitung Ave has very nice shoulders from the Kingsford City Line to the US-141 crossing with the exception of the north shoulder on the hill just west of Hydraulic Falls Rd. We would like to narrow the westbound lanes so that there is a five-foot shoulder to accommodate a bicycle lane. If we can do this we would suggest signing Breitung Ave up to US-141 so that the shoulders are recognized as bicycle lanes. At the intersection of Van Buren St. and Breitung Ave a signed route will head south until Scenic Drive is reached. At this point the route will follow Scenic Drive along the Menominee River to the south end of Hydraulic Falls Rd. Scenic Drive is a dirt road so this route is marked in brown on Map 6. The route would then follow Hydraulic Falls Rd back to Breitung Ave. The City of Iron Mountain is considering re-aligning Hydraulic Falls Rd north of Breitung Ave. If it does this then the road will be built with bicycle lanes. This would connect to the proposed YMCA. It would also follow a proposed bicycle route into town where it would join up with the Iron Mountain Trail Section described above. The intersection of US-141 and Breitung Ave poses a risk and needs to be improved. Currently there is no light here and traffic is fast and heavy. The county is looking at plans to improve this crossing when they rebuild the US-41 Bridge. We would like to see this intersection designed with bicycle traffic in mind. When the state rebuilds the bridge, it will be built with a separate lane for ATV, Snowmobile, and Non-Motorized traffic. We would like to construct a path that is separate from US-41 that would begin at the bridge and connect to Breitung Ave. This would provide a good link for bicyclists and would also provide a legal way for ATV’s to travel from Quinnesec to Wisconsin.

West of US-141 the route will take advantage of wide shoulders along Lincoln Street. to get the Bike Path into Quinnesec. The wide shoulders end at the intersection of Lincoln and 3rd Street. Lincoln Street poses a problem because traffic along this street can be heavy and there is not any room to get off the road if a car is trying to pass. Long term we would like to widen the shoulders along Lincoln to Lake Avenue where the bike path would turn south and follow Lake Avenue out of Quinnesec. In the short term the bike path will follow Lincoln Avenue as a signed route up to Mullen Street. The bike bath will follow Mullen Street south to River Street and then follow River Street west to Lake Avenue as a signed route. These streets have low traffic and would work well for this purpose. We would like to run a route north along the Quinnesec Lake Antoine Road. This route would cross US-2 at the light and continue north up the hill and out of Quinnesec. At the top of the hill the route would follow an old railroad grade to the trails at Fumee Lake where it would connect to the Central Trail Section described below. The trail along the railroad grade would be a low impact dirt trail. This would be across private property, so the feasibility of this trail would be dependent on the land owner’s willingness to grant permission for a bicycle trail. The route would travel south from the intersection of River Street and Lake Avenue. Lake Avenue turns into Kimberly Road south of Quinnesec. Kimberly Road eventually turns east and the bike path will follow Kimberly Road west until it passes into the Norway Trail Section described below. Kimberly Road is not that busy, but traffic is fast. There currently are not any shoulders. Long term we would want to widen Kimberly so that five-foot wide bike lanes are on each side. Short term we should sign this section of route and also work with the county to define a speed limit sign in Breitung Township, as there is none now. Central Trail Section

Map 7 – Central Trail Section

The Lake Antoine Bike Path will be completed by the county and provide a bicycle lane along Lake Antoine Road as well as a path through Lake Antoine County Park. This will connect the Central Trail Section to the Northern Section. At the south end of the county park a signed route will follow Margaret Street east to the intersection of Margaret Street and the Quinnesec-Lake Antoine Road. This route will cross the intersection and follow the dirt road to Fumee Lake Natural Area. The dirt road will be signed. The designated route will continue on from the east end of the Fumee Lake Natural Area so bicyclists are free to take whatever route they want through the natural area. One particular note of interest here will be a trail junction along the south shore of Fumee Lake. A signed path will travel south from the South Shore Trail out of the natural area. This trail will join with Quinnesec-Lake Antoine Road and connect to the Breitung Township Trail Section, described above. A recommended route will be signed through the natural area. This route will most likely follow the South Shore Trail around Fumee Lake, continue along the South Shore Trail around Little Fumee Lake, and finally continue to the parking lot on the east end of Fumee Lake Natural Area. The trail will then connect to the snowmobile trail and follow the snowmobile trail east to Upper Pine Creek Road. At Upper Pine Creek Road the bicyclist will have the option of continuing along the Snowmobile Trail into the Norway Trail Section, described below, or follow a signed route north along Upper Pine Creek Road to the intersection of Boundary Line road and Upper Pine Creek Road. The Snowmobile trail will be a hard pack trail. At the intersection of Boundary Line Road and Upper Pine Creek Road the bicyclist will be faced with an option again. The bicyclist will be able to turn east on Boundary Line

Road and follow it into the Norway Trail Section or continue on Upper Pine Creek Road north and then west until it returns to the Lake Antoine Bike Path. Initially the Upper Pine Creek Road section will be a signed route. Long term as road improvements are completed we would like to see this section of road widen its shoulders to accommodate bicycle lanes. Of special note along this route will be the scenic overlook of Pine Creek Bluffs, upon which part of the hiking trail system will run. The Boundary Line Road section will be a signed route to begin with, but eventually we would like to add bicycle lanes to this road as well. For more description of this trail section see Map 7 above. Off-road trails are marked in brown while paved trails are marked in blue. Norway Trail Section I. Norway North:

Map 8 – Norway North Trails

The north section of the Norway Trail Section has two west-east paths. The first will be a signed route along Boundary Line Road. Long term we wish to widen the shoulders to

allow for bicycle lanes, but for now signs will do well enough. Boundary Line Road T’s into Pearney’s Lane where the bicycle route will turn south. Pearney’s Lane will also be a signed route initially that long term we wish to widen the shoulders for bicycle lanes. Pearney’s Lane will cross the snowmobile trail, which is the other west-east path of the Norway North Section. This trail will be a hard packed trail that will travel west-east from the east end of Fumee Lake Natural Area, in the Central Trail Section described above, to where the snowmobile trail crosses Lower Pine Creek Road. The bicycle route along Pearney’s Lane will continue south into residential areas of Norway. This will continue to be a signed route. We would like to widen the shoulders in the rural section. In the residential area a signed route will be adequate because congestion will make widening the shoulders difficult and traffic is slower here. The route will continue south until the intersection of Pearney’s Lane and Lower Pine Creek Road. Here the bicyclist will be able to turn east and travel down Lower Pine Creek Road or turn west and head further into Norway. The east route will continue approximately 1.2 miles before reaching Pine Creek. This is where the snowmobile trail intersects with Lower Pine Creek Road. The route will continue across Pine Creek and continue to follow Lower Pine Creek Road towards Loretto and the Hamilton Lakes Trail Section described below. The bicycle route along Lower Pine Creek Road will initially be a signed route. Eventually it should be possible to widen the shoulders to allow for a bicycle lane. West of the intersection of Pearney’s Lane and Lower Pine Creek Road the route follows 16th Avenue towards downtown Norway. A signed route will lead to the intersection of Main Street and 16th Avenue. Main Street curves to the south and 16th Avenue continues west. The route will fork here, one route will follow 16th Avenue west, while the other route will continue south along an existing non-motorized path that runs parallel to Main Street. The path heads down a steep hill before leveling off near Strawberry Lake Natural Area. A crossing connects this path with the Strawberry Lake Paved loop. At the top of the hill a signed route will west along 16th Avenue to 14th Avenue. At 14th Avenue the route would turn southeast before turning into Hillcrest Drive and heading down the hill at a slightly more gradual rate. Once at the bottom of the hill the route would turn east and follow Central Avenue to the non-motorized path along Main Street. The route would intersect the non-motorized path at the crossing to Strawberry Lake Natural Area. Back at the intersection of 16th Avenue and 14th Avenue there would also be a signed route that would follow 14th Avenue west through the residential neighborhoods. The route would continue west along Springview Drive until it came out to Scenic Drive. The route would follow Scenic Drive west to the Norway Spring Rest Area. This entire route would be a signed route. At Norway Spring the goal would be to obtain easements west along the old railroad grade all the way into Quinnesec and connect to the Breitung Township Trail Section described above. An area of particular opportunity and challenge would be the Fumee Falls area. The trail would either have to travel down steep grade so that it could cross Fumee Creek on the bridge at the roadside park or a bridge would have to be built across the creek between the lower and upper falls where the old railroad grade used to cross the falls. If done right this could be an extremely stunning part of the trail system.

At the east end of Strawberry Lake a trail branches off of the Strawberry Lake Loop and heads east to Hanbury Lake County Park. This is a paved non-motorized path that utilizes bicycle lanes in some areas. There is a swimming area, picnic area, and walking trail at Hanbury Lake. We would like to extend the trail through Hanbury Lake County Park and along Lake Road up to the intersection of Lake Road and Pine Road. This would be a dirt/hard pack route. Here the route would join up with the bicycle route along Pine Road. At the intersection of Central Avenue and Main Street the bicycle route would also continue south under the railroad tracks. The route would turn west along 11th Street and then turn south on Norway Street. The route would turn west at the intersection of Norway Street and 9th Avenue. The route would follow 9th Avenue all the way to US-2 where it would cross the highway and follow a small road to the existing Norway Myr Pathways. This route would be a signed route that would include striped bicycle lanes wherever possible. The Norway Myr Trails offer routes across a wetland to Kimberly Road. The west route is a hard packed route that ends at Kimberly Road. The east route is a paved route that crosses Kimberly Road and continues towards Highway 8 as a dedicated non-motorized path. West from the intersection of this non-motorized path and Kimberly Road will be a signed route that will connect to the Breitung Township Trail Section described earlier. Short term this will be a signed route, but eventually five foot wide bicycle lanes will line each side of the road. The non-motorized path that continues towards Highway 8 passes by Holy Spirit School before coming out to Highway 8 where it turns south and continues as a dedicated non-motorized path. II. Norway South

Map 9 – Norway South

The paved bicycle path continues south along US-8 to Marion Park. The City of Norway has secured an easement from Verso Paper to run a bicycle path from Marion Park to Piers Gorge across the Quinnesec Plains. We would like to continue the bicycle path south along US-8 to Piers Gorge Road. At this point we would like to have a bicycle path continue west along Piers Gorge Road to Piers Gorge Scenic Area. The bicycle path along Piers Gorge Road would most likely be crushed gravel. Initially the path would follow the north side of the road up to the point where Piers Gorge Road turns into a gravel road. At this point the path would cross to the south side of the road and continue the rest of the way to the gorge through City of Norway Property and Verso Paper Property. The main bicycle route would turn east at the intersection of Fairview Drive and Hwy 8. Initially this would be a signed route—but long term we would seek widened shoulders and striped bicycle lanes along Fairview. At the intersection of Fairview Drive and Forest Drive the route would turn north and follow Forest Drive to Pine Drive. Once again this would start out as a signed route, but long term the goal would widen the shoulders and add lanes. At Pine Drive the route would turn east again and follow Pine Drive through a residential area until Pine Drive becomes WPA Road. At the intersection of Lake Road and Pine Drive a signed route would turn north and tie into the Norway North section described above. Pine Drive would be a signed route. The route would follow WPA Road to the intersection of Brickyard Road and WPA Road. Initially this would be a signed route along WPA Road, but the goal would again be to widen the shoulders and add striped bicycle lanes for safety. The route would continue west along Brickyard Road to the intersection of Brickyard Road and River Road. This section of

the route would be a signed route. A low priority would be placed on adding shoulders here as visibility is good and traffic is relatively light. At River Road the trail would turn south and follow River Road into the Hamilton Lakes Trail Section described below. The route along River Road would be a signed route. Our goal will be to widen the shoulders of River Road and add striped bicycle lanes because of heavier traffic. Hamilton Lakes Trail Section

Map 10 – Hamilton Lakes North Section

Hamilton Lakes North Lower Pine Creed Road turns into County Road 573 as it leaves Norway Trail Section described above. The bicycle route will follow Country Road 573 west and south until it reaches Loretto. This section of the route will be initially signed, but long term it will need widened shoulders and striped lanes because of the speed of traffic on this road. The snowmobile trail continues to follow Pine Creek all the way to Loretto also. There is a well-maintained railroad bridge that snowmobiles use to cross the Sturgeon River. We could offer a hard packed trail along the snowmobile trail. It would be able to rejoin the main bicycle route at the intersection of County Road 573 and US-2. The route

would continue south along County Road 573 after US-2. This would be a signed route, but long term we would want to widen the shoulders and stripe bicycle lanes here as well. The route would continue south into the Hamilton Lakes South Section described below.

Map 11 – Hamilton Lakes South

Hamilton Lakes South The bicycle route will continue south along Hamilton Lake Road until it reaches the intersection of River Road and Hamilton Lake Road. Here the route will turn west and follow River Road until it reaches the intersection of Brickyard Road and River Road where it will turn west and enter the Norway Trail Section described above. This entire route would be a signed route. Long term we would like to widen shoulders and stripe bicycle lanes wherever possible. The Hamilton Lakes area would be difficult due to congestion but the speed limit is lower here so a signed route would be adequate. Of special interest would be Lake Mary County Park. This would offer bicyclists an excellent rest area and trail head. This concludes the description of the initial Dickinson County Bike Path. There are plans for other spur trails off of the main loop. The trails can be identified by examining

the Dickinson County Bike Path Map. Some of these trails will be described below in a township by township basis.


				
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