Critical "gaps” in the Northville Township non-motorized pathway system have been identified for completion by members of the Pathways Advisory Committee established in 2021.
Members of the committee took field trips to study the current system and after preliminary engineering review, chose three projects as the best opportunity for completion. A section on the north side of Six Mile Road, east and west of Beck; a portion on the east side of Bradner Road, from Meads Mill Middle School to Whisperwood subdivision and a portion on the north side of Arcadia Ridge, into Marv Gans Community Park have been selected as the first projects to be completed.
Funding for the prioritized pathways has been reserved, officials said, and the selections were based, in part, on design considerations and coordination with Wayne County.
The other three projects, which will be completed in the future are North side of Six Mile Road, between Northville Road and the Ravines subdivision; the south side of Seven Mile Road between Edenderry Drive and Fish Hatchery Park and the east side of Silver Spring Drive, north of Seven Mile.
Officials from Wayne County recently indicated the two bridges on Six Mile Road over Hines Drive and the Rouge River are being reviewed for replacement, said Township Planner Jennifer Frey. A road improvement and bridge replacement project provides an opportunity to work pedestrian improvement into the Wayne County project design for the completion of the pathway on the north side of Six Mile, between Northville Road and the Ravines subdivision, she explained.
In addition to these infill pathway projects, Northville Township has submitted a grant to construct a 10-foot-wide pathway on the south side of Seven Mile Road, from Traditions Drive (west of Haggerty) to Northville Road, then continuing south on Northville Road into Hines Park. If successful in securing the grant, this will be a 2024 construction project, township officials said.