Township eyes bike path extension

A missing link connecting the city’s southeast side to the township depends on obtaining easements, but it could happen soon.
Alex Doty
Jun 26, 2013

Grand Haven Township officials are looking to build a 600-foot bike path along the west side of 172nd Avenue, from the Meijer store to Robbins Road. The estimated cost of the path extension is $71,500.

“The city is putting in handicap-accessible curb cuts,” Township Manager Bill Cargo said. “They don’t lead to anything.”

Currently, the bike path along 172nd Avenue stops just short of reaching Robbins Road.

“If the city and the township were one entity, we would want to have this sidewalk there,” Cargo said.

Cargo said this segment of the pathway has been looked at twice in the past 22 years. The last time was about six years ago.

Cargo noted that there hasn’t been any work on it because of difficulties in obtaining property easements. He said the effected property owners have “just refused to cooperate.”

“I think this situation has changed enough with the amount of development of senior housing in the city,” Cargo said.

The township typically pays about $1 per square foot for bike path easements, Cargo said. The new path would take up an area of 3,820 square feet.

If the property owners are still unwilling, Cargo said the township may take more drastic measures.

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Comments

bigdeal

Although I think extending the 'sidewalk' there is a great idea, no one ever paid us for the 200'+ "bike path" easement in our front yard back when they put it in on Mercury Dr.
@ 6' wide, that would come to about $1200. When did they start doing that?? Can I demand back pay? How about it Mr. Cargo? I thought the county right-of-way extended to where the path is, must I have gotten that all wrong?

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