Michigan Air Line Trail

For the past several decades, Michigan’s trails have been developed into a strong network of multi-use non-motorized pathways stretching across the state in every direction. Michigan’s trails are being used to promote healthy lifestyles, increase mobility, and improve community involvement. In addition to providing a safe place to enjoy trail activities, the Michigan Air Line Trail gives people the ability to avoid congested roads, travel along beautiful greenways, and embrace the natural beauty of Michigan.

The Challenge
After reviewing the condition of the existing stone base material for the past railroad, our project manager and inspection staff noted that the gravel stone base to be in great condition. As a result, we recommended to the City of Wixom, a cost-saving measure to eliminate the 6-inch cut of the existing stone base in preparation for designed 21AA limestone base.

The Solution
After consulting with the design engineer, material testing agency, and project representative, the recommendation was approved. As a result, Spalding DeDecker’s construction management and inspection staff saved the owner $200,000.

The Impact
Non-motorized pathways link communities together and promote healthy lifestyles, economic development, and community involvement while providing a link to local and regional trailways.

The Michigan Air Line trail promotes a safe and livable community while helping to reduce air pollution and carbon gases. The trailway is already used by many, promoting safe pathway connections from downtown Walled Lake to downtown Wixom.

The Michigan Air Line trail also offers opportunities to access natural areas and provides affordable exercise and recreation options within the community. The communities and local groups are planning marathons, bike rides, and charity walks, promoting economic development to the surrounding areas.