Holt trail projects will connect schools, promote walkable community

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The proposed trail extension set to take place in the summer of 2013

By Sally Zimmerman
Holt Journal staff writer

The Holt Community Development Department has two big projects on the horizon. Two trail extension plans will expand the walkable community in the township.

The current project is the North Trail Connector, which will connect the current trail in Holt to the Lansing River Trail. The Lansing River Trail is 13 miles long and runs through East Lansing and Lansing. According to Director of Community Development Tracy Miller, this is expected to be completed in the summer of 2013.

Delhi Township Supervisor C.J. Davis said the trail will connect by Aurelius Road and Mount Hope Road and run through Delhi to Mason.

In 2015, the second trail is projected to start. The Holt Road Trail will extend the existing sidewalk on Holt Road ends.

“It will travel all the way out to the Holt High School horizon and by the ninth grade campus,” Miller said.

Davis said this is part of Holt’s plan on moving forward with a greener community.

“We’re going to have 15 miles of trails that will go through and connect every Holt school,” Davis said.

On April 17, 2007, Delhi Township adopted the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan. The main goals of this plan are to increase safety, promote the well-being of residents and make non-motorized transportation more accessible. Both trail projects were identified as being top priority, according to Miller.

“We’re just implementing some of the highest priorities from that plan,” Miller said.

The North Trail Connector project is expected to cost $3.3 million. Miller expects the Holt Road project to cost close to $2 million.

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