Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) Projects
B2B Project Planning
The Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) is the product of an ongoing collaboration of communities and organizations who are dedicated to safe, accessible, shared-use, non-motorized recreation and transportation. For implementation purposes, the trail has been broken down into corridors and segments. These segments are in various stages of planning, design or construction, either directly by Washtenaw County Parks or in partnership with other municipalities and organizations. This page highlights some of the most active segments or components of the B2B that are in process. Please note that maps of future and planned projects are approximate and subject to change.
Visit our interactive park viewer to see the most up-to-date information regarding trail routes, segment status and alignment information**. You can also see all of the facilities that WCPARC has to offer!
**Note: planned trail alignments (dashed lines) are approximate and intended to illustrate a concept, not the exact location of the trail. Alignments are subject to change.
Dexter to Ann Arbor Corridor
Dexter-Huron Metropark to Zeeb Road
Nearly Complete. While it may look complete, the contractor still has a few items to complete such as signs and pavement markings. The trail will open to traffic on April 1, 2020. Watch for the official grand opening in April/May. This project is 1.2 miles long and includes two pedestrian bridges over the Huron River.
Project Contact: Peter Sanderson, PLA.
- Map of the project (PDF). Scale 1"=200’
- Project funding: Transportation Alternatives Program grant (MDOT), Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant (MDNR), Washtenaw County Road and Trails Millage, Private (Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative).
Zeeb Road to Delhi Metropark
In 2018, WCPARC completed background research and environmental investigations prior to final engineering, which is now in process. The trail is proposed on the south side of Huron River Drive before crossing the Huron River and entering into Delhi Metropark (1.8 miles total). Project Contact: Peter Sanderson, PLA.
- Some vegetation removal within Delhi Metropark will occur prior to March 31, 2020 to conduct the operations within the most environmentally friendly time frame. Construction of the trail within the Metropark is anticipated to begin in the late summer 2020.
- A public meeting to provide an update on the project, including design details was held on 2/26/20 at the Scio Township Hall. See the presentation.
- A Public meeting for feedback on the route was held 1/9/2019 at the Dexter Library.
- Initial, segment specific public meeting was held on February 1, 2018 to discuss the plans and alignment options
- Map of the proposed project (PDF). Scale 1"=200’
- Construction goal: FY 2020
Delhi Metropark to Wagner Road
In 2018, WCPARC completed background research and environmental investigations. This information is currently being used to determine a detailed, preferred alignment (total project is 1 mile). More public engagement will occur on this segment prior to final engineering. Project Contact: Peter Sanderson, PLA.
Barton-Bandemer Connection Feasibility Study
Washtenaw County Parks and the City of Ann Arbor have hired an engineering firm to perform a feasibility study to construct a pedestrian and non-motorized tunnel underneath the MDOT railroad at the north end of Bandemer Park. Additionally, the team is exploring options for routing the trail through Barton Nature Area to connect to the parking lot south of Barton Dam, approximately 0.6 miles. Project Contact: Peter Sanderson, PLA.
- A public meeting to seek feedback was held on 2/26/2019 at Forsythe Middle School. View the presentation from the meeting.
- Public feedback form - comment period extended through the end of April, 2019
- Map of the proposed project and project description
Master Plan: Dexter to Ann Arbor
In 2016, Washtenaw County Parks with the help of a consultant team, completed a Master Plan (PDF) for the B2B between Dexter and Ann Arbor (7.17 miles). The plan serves as a guiding document for detailed design and engineering and will involve a great deal of coordination with many agencies, municipalities, and organizations. All public comments (PDF) that were received on the Master Plan draft are available for viewing.
Dexter to Chelsea Corridor
Freer Road to Lima Center Road (Phase 1)
Now Open! 2.1 miles in long. The contractor is still completing several final items (signs, plantings, pavement markings, etc), we appreciate your patience during construction. Please note that this section does not receive winter maintenance. Project contact: Roy Townsend, PE
City of Dexter to Parker Road Alignment Study
A consultant team will be exploring various route options for the trail to connect from Mill Creek Park in Dexter to the planned connection point near the intersection of Wylie Road and Dexter-Chelsea Road. Stay tuned for public input opportunities.
Lima Center Road to Parker Road Alignment Study
Staff and a consultant team are exploring various route options for the trail between Lima Center Road and Parker Road. Stay tuned for public input opportunities.
Chelsea to Stockbridge Corridor
Werkner Road at M-52 to the Green Lake Campground (Phase 1)
2.6 miles open for use! Please park along the Green Lake Campground access road (DNR Recreation Passport required) or in the City of Chelsea’s Veteran’s Park. Please note that this section does not receive winter maintenance.
Green Lake Campground to North Territorial Road at M-52 (Phase 2)
Phase 2 of the project above is 2.1 miles long and is anticipated to be completed mid 2020. Work will also include a pedestrian tunnel underneath M-52 and a 50 car trailhead parking area adjacent to the Lyndon Township Hall. A public meeting was held on January 16, 2019 at the Lyndon Township Hall where formal notice of work was provided. Project Contact: Peter Sanderson, PLA.
North Territorial Road at M-52 to the Washtenaw/Jackson County Border (Phase 3)
This project is 3.0 miles long and is anticipated to be under construction in 2020/21. To seek feedback on the route, a public meeting was held on January 16, 2019 at the Lyndon Township Hall. The trail is proposed to be within the M-52 right of way. Project contact: Roy Townsend, PE.
Frog Island Park
The trail along the berm, near the river, between Forest St. and Cross St. Frog Island park will be reconstructed and widened in the spring/summer of 2020. The project is approximately 1,400 feet long. Vegetation removal within the park will occur prior to March 31, 2020 to conduct the operations within the most environmentally friendly time frame. Project contact: Roy Townsend, PE.
Grove Road to I-94
The existing sidewalk along Grove Road south of the intersection with the Water Street trail to just north of the bridge over I-94 will be reconstructed and widened in the spring/summer of 2020. The project is approximately 2,000 feet long. Vegetation removal for the project will occur prior to March 31, 2020 to conduct the operations within the most environmentally friendly time frame. Project contact: Roy Townsend, PE.
North Hydro Park to Rawsonville Road
The recently completed section of trail from Bridge Road to Snow Road will be extended to Rawsonville Road (the County border) where it will make a planned connection as part of the Iron Belle Trail to Van Buren Township Park. It will also connect to the existing trails, parking, and river access to the south at North Hydro Park (Ypsilanti Township). The project is planned for construction in the spring of 2020. Vegetation removal for the project will occur prior to March 31, 2020 to conduct the operations within the most environmentally friendly time frame. Project contact: Roy Townsend, PE.
WCPARC is finalizing a planning process to determine the long-term plan for how to best route, sign, and improve the trail in the Ypsilanti area. This project includes coordinating a connection with Wayne County. Public engagement sessions were held on March 27 and 29, 2018.
The Northwest Passage: Hudson Mills to Lakelands Trail
Alternatives Analysis and Feasibility Studies
Washtenaw County Parks is working with the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority (HCMA), Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI), Livingston County officials, and other agencies to determine a potential trail route that would continue the B2B from Hudson Mills Metropark, north to the Lakelands Trail.