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Bikers, Walkers to Get New I-96 Crossing in Novi

A $741,200 federal grant allows for completion of a two-year trail project that will connect the I-275 and M-5 trails.

City officials got a look Monday at a 2-year project that will provide the first non-motorized I-96 crossing in Novi. 

According to a memo prepared by Dept. of Public Services Director Rob Hayes, the city recently received confirmation of a $741,200 federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant that will help fund two sections of 10-foot-wide pathways along the east side of Meadowbrook Road, from I-275 to Maple Road in Commerce Township.

The project will be tackled in two phases. A .7-mile section from I-275 to 12 Mile Road is scheduled for construction in 2013-14, and a 1.6-mile section from 12 Mile to 13 Mile, then along the south side of 13 Mile from Meadowbrook to M-5, is on the 2015-2016 calendar. Construction of Phase I should begin in the early spring of 2014. 

"Once completed, the Metro Connector Trail will provide a vital and long overdue link between two MDOT-owned trails: the I-275 Metro Trail and the M-5 Trail," Hayes wrote. 

The City of Novi will contribute $185,300 towards the $926,500 overall cost of the project. 

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