Red Arrow Highway Northbound
The Red Arrow Corridor is a critical component of the north-south route of the Harbor Country Hike & Bike Path. It is notable for its inclusion in Bike America Trails as the route between Baton Rouge, LA and Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Considered the most critical part of Red Arrow Highway for the Bike & Hike Trail, this stretch of Red Arrow connects Lakeshore Drive to the south with Youngren Road to the north, and is the only portion of Red Arrow Highway in Harbor Country that must be used to bicycle or hike along the lake continuously. Complicated by a significant bend in the road that reduces sight distances for motorists, and hemmed in by guardrails as Red Arrow traverses as large ravine, limited shoulder space, awkward drain gratings, and high traffic speeds make this one of the most dangerous crossings in the network.
It is planned to widen both shoulders, relocating the guardrails to accommodate two eight foot bike lanes and at least one marked crossing to allow bikers and hikers to connect safely between Youngren and Lakeshore.
Path Location: Red Arrow Highway between Lakeshore Drive and Youngren Road
Town: Harbert, Michigan
Develop a widened shoulder and/or shared use path on either the NW or SE side of Red Arrow Highway. Provide a crossing on Red Arrow either at Youngren or Lake Shore Drive and pave the western most section of Youngren from the Railroad tracks to Red Arrow with bike lanes to the railroad.
Develop a widened shoulder and/or shared use path on the SE side of Red Arrow Highway and provide a crossing on Red Arrow Hwy. Improve the road intersection at Lake Shore and Red Arrow Hwy. so as to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Develop paved trails within Watkins Park. This project will allow parity with the other jurisdictions and is a project that will be well used by city residents, the Apple Cider Century Bike Tour event that happens each year from Three Oaks and the residents within Harbor Country.
The City of New Buffalo passed a resolution supporting the development of the “Loop Trail”. The trail is envisioned to run along Clay and/or Washington Streets which will connect the elementary school to the High School / Middle School and to the new city dog park. The trail will then loop back via Biddle Street / undeveloped city land to Jefferson Street. The loop will continue alongStromer Road to Sand Road and then reconnect along Lubke and/or the railroad to the elementary school.
The land at the end of Clay / Washington is also undeveloped but platted land and the thought is that the undeveloped streets will allow for a shared use path connection to the elementary instead of having to connect along Detroit Street. This project provides for multiple in-town connections and utilizes somewhat natural areas or at least undeveloped portions of the city for a more tranquil pathway system. The city plans on making major street improvements along both sides of Whittaker Street in 2014 which will also provide a central spine to connect for walkers and bicyclists.