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Planning and Economic Development

Contact: John Cwikla

Phone: 586-463-3523

Email: John.Cwikla@macombgov.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 28, 2021

Macomb County works to boost safety on the Macomb Orchard Trail, installs wayfinding signage and safety markers

The Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development and the Macomb County Department of Roads have announced new safety features along the Macomb Orchard Trail. In May, the departments collaborated to update and install wayfinding signs and markers. The work is part of a second phase of projects aimed at increasing safety along the trail. The first phase, which was completed in 2020, focused on installing stop signs and road name signs, as well as on-road signs denoting trail crossings.

“Macomb County possesses a world-class trail system that connects pristine natural areas and dynamic public spaces," said County Executive Mark A. Hackel. “We continue to invest in these assets in a way that ensures health, safety and community vibrancy. With the technical knowledge of our Department of Roads, the creativity of our Planning and Economic Development team and the local insight from our community partners, we are making transformational investments in our shared non-motorized assets." 

The work on phase two of the project is ongoing and features three different sign types, including:

  • Updated trail map signs: Original trail map boards have been replaced with reflective, durable signs that can be easily viewed and accessed along the trail. Ten signs have been installed at trail access points, such as Fulton Street in downtown Armada, Trailside Park in downtown Romeo and the Trailhead at Dequindre Road in Shelby Township.
  • Wayfinding signs: In an effort to promote local downtown districts and guide trail users to various community amenities, wayfinding signs were developed and installed at strategic locations along the trail. These signs direct trail users to restrooms, dining areas, adjoining trails and nearby local and regional parks. Twelve signs were installed at the following locations:
    • Shelby Township (Trailhead at Dequindre)
    • Shelby Township (26 Mile & Mound Rd)
    • Washington Township (Ross Memorial Park)
    • Village of Romeo (32 Mile Road & Romeo Trailside Park)
    • Village of Armada (Fulton Street)
    • Village of Armada (Armada Ridge Road)
    • Richmond (Downtown Richmond)
  • Trail safety / mile markers: Beginning at Dequindre Road, and located every half mile along the trail, markers will provide trail users with a way to identify their location along the trail. They can be used as a rough estimate of distance traveled, as well as provide critical safety information for our emergency responders.

"The Macomb Orchard Trail connects people and communities and our focus is to provide traffic safety to all modes of transportation within Macomb County,” said Bryan Santo, Director, Macomb County Department of Roads. “We are pleased to be a leading partner in this non-motorized traffic project to increase safety on the trail while providing support to the communities that are connected to it."

For more information on the Macomb Orchard Trail, visit MacombGov.org/trails.

An informational video featuring County Executive Mark Hackel is available here. Additional trail photos are available here.

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