The Department of Natural Resources today announced that beginning Monday, April 20, improvements will continue along the Houghton-to-Chassell Rail Trail in the northwestern Upper Peninsula’s Houghton County. 

Last fall, five high-priority segments of the trail were identified for brushing to address overgrown vegetation that resulted in poor visibility at major trail crossings, while also impeding safe travel along the trail corridor. The DNR will continue to make improvements to complete the brushing work to finish the entire trail.

This trail improvement work will be performed by a local contractor with an estimated completion date of Friday, June 26. The work will take place between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; no work will take place on Sunday or holiday weekends.

DNR trail standards call for a clear path of at least 14 feet wide by 10 feet high, while major intersections must be a minimum of 30 feet wide, tapering back to 14 feet wide over the span of 10 feet.

“There are several locations where private landscapes have been identified and we are currently omitting them from the contract, said DNR Parks and Recreation Supervisor Dan Dowdy. “However, adjacent landowners are strongly encouraged to remove or relocate any landscape plantings or landscape structures that may be encroaching within the minimum clearance standards or on state lands.”

The Houghton-to-Chassell Rail Trail improvement project is supported by a Recreation Trails Program grant funded by the Federal Highway Administration.

For more information or updates about this project, contact Baraga State Park Unit Supervisor Dan Dowdy at 906-353-6558. To learn more about Michigan’s state trail offerings, visit www.michigan.gov/dnrtrails.

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