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LATEST PRESS RELEASE:
New Buffalo area receives over $585,000 “Safe Routes to Schools” Grant for New Sidewalks.
The New Buffalo Schools and St. Mary’s by the Lake along with the City of New Buffalo and the “Friends of Harbor Country Trails” (non-profit organization) have been awarded a reimbursement grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation - Transportation Alternative, through the “Safe Routes to Schools” Program totaling $585,049.39. The grant will construct approximately 3.5 miles of new sidewalks within the City of New Buffalo when completed. The project will connect New Buffalo Middle and elementary Schools to adjacent neighborhoods with the new walkways. “St. Mary’s by the Lake” is also included in the grant to provide sidewalks to nearby neighborhoods. All walks will be ADA compliant with appropriate crossings, signs and ramps. The purpose of the grant is to provide safe walking and bicycling opportunities for children to access schools from their residences. The Pokagon Foundation was instrumental in providing the necessary funding for grant preparation, project oversight and preliminary engineering. Other groups that was supportive throughout the planning process included; the Berrien County Road Commission, Disability Network of SW MI., SW Michigan Planning Commission, The Charter Township of New Buffalo Township and MDOT. Engineering will commence in 2014with the planning and engineering with construction to begin in either 2015 or 2016.
Specific streets that will have new sidewalk on both sides of the street include the following:
#1 Bronson from US 12 to E. Clay, Both sides of Indiana from Bronson to Taylor
#2 SE side of Detroit Street near the elementary school, sidewalks on both sides of Clinton, Marshall, Monroe (north to Indiana Street), Eagle, and Chicago to Indiana as well.
#3 Sidewalk on both sides of Eagle and Chicago between Michigan St. and US-12, Berrien and Willard between Mechanic and US-12 and infills along US-12 between Willard and Eagle Streets.
$562,050 will be allocated for infrastructure and $22,994.30 for bicycle rodeo, pedestrian safety assembly, good neighbor program, mileage club, and park and walk program.
For more information please contact the City of New Buffalo at
(269) 469-1500 or the Friends of Harbor Country Trails,
Mr. Feinberg at (269) 469-9949
The Harbor Country Hike & Bike Trail project is a long-term comprehensive project to bring a network of interconnected non-motorized vehicle trails to the corner of Southwest Michigan known as Harbor Country.
Bordered by the golden shores of Lake Michigan to the northwest, the hills and farms of Indiana to the south, and the vineyards and orchards of the fruit-basket of Michigan to the north and east, Harbor Country Bike & Hike Trails will connect residents and visitors alike to best that Harbor Country has to offer.
When complete, the 36 mile Hike & Bike Trail project will offer bicyclists and hikers the ability to connect between New Buffalo, Three Oaks, Sawyer, Grand Beach, Harbert, Union Pier, Michiana, and points in between using safe, convenient, attractive paths and shared access ways.
This Harbor Country Hike & Bike map focuses on creating a network of sidewalks, shared use paths, roadways and bike lanes that will link neighborhood communities, business districts, schools and parks. The Friends of Harbor Country Trails is responsible for this effort, which has received significant grants from
the Pokagon Fund.
Creating a safe place for people to walk and bike is critical in developing a successful community and for providing an opportunity so people can become more active.
REMEMBER – ALWAYS
- BIKE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF ROAD AND WEAR A HELMET
- WALK ON THE LEFT
- RIDE & WALK IN SINGLE FILE WHEN CARS APPROACH
- OBEY ALL TRAFFIC SIGNS AND SIGNALS
- WHEN RIDING OR WALKING AT NIGHT, WEAR HIGH VISIBILITY CLOTHING, LIGHTS & REFLECTORS
friends of harbor country
Friends of Harbor Country Trails is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the development of multi-purpose bike and hike trails throughout Harbor Country in Southwest Michigan, connecting the communities of New Buffalo, Three Oaks, Sawyer, Lakeside, Union Pier, Michiana and Grand Beach, and integrating into surrounding areas.
We need your support!