Thursday, July 22, 2021

Community Block Grant to fund trail light installation

Funds from a federal Community Development Block Grant will be used for improvements along Mill Trail in the City of Wayne.

The 1-mile trail, which travels along the edge of the Rouge River parallel to Michigan Avenue, is accessed from Second Street between Glenwrood Road and Sims Street. 

Improvements on the pathwill continue up to Dynamite Park in the city, officials said.

Walkers along the path can view the river although the area is in need of repair, officials said. Grant funds totaling $76,677.13 will be used to install new lights, trash receptacles and even some benches along the popular walking trail.

Officials said the new lighting installations would be performed by DTE and will include the removal of 34 high-pressure sodium lights which will be replaced by 27 new energy-efficient LED lights, installed along the walkway. Officials said the trail is popular and some of the current lights are not working due to damage.

The entire project will be funded through the grant money, officials said, and will make the trail safer for residents to use, especially at night.