The Jonesville Rail Trail will be a 1.4 mile long, 10 foot wide paved path. It will be a "non-motorized" path that will allow additional recreation opportunities for walkers, bicyclists, and roller bladers in Jonesville. The path will connect to the Hill-Jo Trail that runs along M-99 between Hillsdale and Jonesville at Gaige Street. The path will head east along Gaige Street and north along Beck Street until it intersects with the abandoned rail bed. The trail will then follow the abandoned rail bed where it will follow a scenic nature route along the St. Joseph River. It will cross US-12 between McDonalds and the Udder Side, continuing north until it meets the St. Joseph River again at the former rail bridge.
View the Jonesville Rail Trail map.
The project is supported by a competitive $296,000 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant.
The path will feature:
- Jonesville's first public access to the St. Joseph River
- A more scenic alternative to the M-99 paved path
- Connection to the North Country Trail, a 4,600 mile from Crown Point, New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park in North Dakota
- Benches, trash receptacles, and an interpretive sign
- A universally designed path to accommodate users with various abilities
Tentative Construction Schedule:
- 2015 - Design and Permitting Complete
- Winter 2016 - Solicit Contractor Bids for Construction
- Spring 2016 - Construction Begins
- Summer 2016 - Construction Complete
Qualified contractors can find the project advertisement and bid instructions here.
Check back here for project plans and construction updates, as they become available.