The new pathway coming next spring to Argentine Township will include a drop-off location for parents at Linden Middle School. 

 Township officials have been working on developing a sidewalk through Argentine Township for years, spearheaded by former trustee Teresa Ciesielski. 

 The 2.1-mile project is currently being engineered, Ciesielski said. In March, the Argentine Township Board of Trustees approved a professional services agreement with Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering.

 “They have completed the entire survey and are working on construction detailing such as grade levels, sign placements, and finalizing pathway alignments, and (moving) power poles,” she said. 

 The path will be 10 feet wide and made of asphalt. It is proposed to go from Haviland Beach Drive and Lobdell Road intersection through the Linden school campus to Silver Lake Road and Chestnut Way. 

 It will connect to the existing Linden City sidewalks, allowing a safe pathway for students to walk to and from school and a non-motorized pathway for recreational use.

 “Part of what the township and Linden schools agreed on for the Safe Routes to

School grant is a drop-off location along the middle school entrance for parents to safely drop off their kids so they can walk to school,” Ciesielski said. “That is taking a little time to engineer. That drop-off location will help with some congestion as parents drop off their kids at school.”

 Argentine Township has funded the entire project through grants and private donations and has secured more than $1 million so far. 

 Sources of funding include the Hagerman Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Michigan Department of Transportation TAP funds, Safe Routes to School, $5,000 from Linden schools and private donations.

 Another source of funding is $300,000 from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund, which prioritizes regional trail projects in their funding allocation.

 Construction is expected to start in spring 2020.

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