Blue Star Trail Underway In Douglas
Section by section the Blue Star Trail is growing, with a segment in Douglas under construction and another in South Haven ready to go as soon as funds are released in October.
Jeanne Van Zoeren, president of Friends of the Blue Star Trail, said she is hopeful construction can start this fall or next spring on a two-mile segment in South Haven to extend from Baseline Road to the Consumer’s Energy Conference Center.
It is paid for by a $355,000 federal grant and another $145,000 local match.
“We have about $500,000 construction money available to us…” Van Zoeren said.
The plans are out for bid now, and the hope is to have all approvals in place by the time the money becomes available, she said.
The paved, 10-foot-wide trail runs along the west side of Blue Star Highway, the first two-lane road in the country, built to link Chicago to the tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
There are three lake views along the 18-mile stretch from South Haven to Saugatuck, which the group hopes will be completed in five years.
The city of Douglas has a two-mile section underway, funded out of general revenue. Construction is expected to be done by fall this year.
On April 1, the group filed a trust fund application for $300,000 for Saugatuck Township. They will also will apply for $500,000 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for Saugatuck Township’s trail.