Rollerskiers, walkers and bicyclists in the Rockford area are encouraged to avoid a 3.6-mile section of the White Pine Linear Trail State Park from Monday, May 2, to Friday, May 6, according to Department of Natural Resources officials. The trail is being improved to remove root damage and crews will be removing and replacing sections of asphalt from Belmont Avenue north to 10 Mile Road, just south of the village of Rockford. Milling and paving machinery, along with other heavy equipment, will restrict access to some sections of the trail during construction. An alternate date for repair is May 9-13 in the event of weather delays.
Trail users are encouraged to use a different portion of the trail when possible to avoid conflicts with construction.
The $120,000 project is paid for by Park Improvement Funds and grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and Recreational Improvement Fund.
The White Pine Linear Trail is an 88-mile linear trail that stretches from Cadillac to north of Grand Rapids. The trail is open to rollerskiing, bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The trail is maintained by the Friends of the White Pine Trail and several communities along the route.