The Department of Natural Resources announced that a portion of the Pere Marquette State Rail-Trail will be temporarily closed for the months of June and July. This closure is due to asphalt surfacing and drainage improvements. The closed portion of the trail will be from Evart to east of Partridge Avenue in Clare County, approximately 11 miles in length.
The paving material used is a special mix that has proven to withstand the wear associated with snowmobile use. The surfacing project is expected to be completed by the end of July. After completion, this project will provide a continuous 36-mile paved trail from Reed City all the way to Farwell. The Michigan Department of Transportation is funding this project by a grant from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
For more information about Michigan’s Rail-Trails, go to www.michigan.gov/dnrtrails.