Argentine Township officials are hoping to begin construction on the Argentine path in June.
Brian Saad, Argentine Township supervisor, said the bid went out May 1, according to the Genesee County Road Commission and township engineering firm Fleiss & Vander Brink.
Teresa Ciesielski, one of the main organizers, said construction may start sooner due to current conditions at the schools.
The path will be 10 feet wide and made of asphalt. Officials are hoping that residents might be able to donate some items for the 2.1-mile path, or make them while stuck at home for the stay-at-home order.
Ciesielski said they’re looking for the following items:
• 2 wood benches
• 3 wood containers to house recycling bins
• 3 wood containers for general trash cans
• an individual that can create artwork for a trail sign, similar to what is at the McCaslin Lake Road canoe launch
“Since January, the project has received it’s permit to complete work in the wetlands, completed engineering plans, worked with utility companies to get a few utilities relocated and had the trees within the trail removed,” Ciesielski said. “Argentine Township’s local Lynch Tree Service donated a portion of their bill to remove the trees as an in-kind service to the project.”
She said this project cannot come soon enough for residents.
“Never before have people seen how important it is to stay healthy. COVID-19 has a higher death rate of individuals with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. People are looking for a safe place to walk and bike with their family and this 10 foot wide trail offers that to them. LAFF (Linden, Argentine, Fenton, Fenton Township) is excited that our first trail is finally here,” Ciesielski said.
The path will run from Haviland Beach Drive and Lobdell Road, through the Linden schools campus, then east along Silver Lake Road, connecting into Linden’s existing sidewalk and bike lane.
Argentine Township has funded the entire project through grants and private donations and has secured more than $1 million.
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.
“I hope this is the spark that gets residents in the SLPR (Southern Lakes Parks and Recreation) area completing their trail along Silver Lake Road. Trails are a true investment in the people and businesses in their community,” she said.