AuGres bike path completed

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AuGRES — After originally being discussed by the AuGres City Council as an idea in 1996, and after construction which began more than two years ago, AuGres finally has its bike path.

City Manager Pat Killingbeck said the newly completed path stretches from Main Street and travels to the mouth of the AuGres River.

“We are pleased to have the path completed,” she said. “People here want (activities) to do, and they enjoy this.”

Killingbeck said she expects the path to be a popular spot for AuGres residents and tourists this coming spring.

“We are already seeing use,” she said.

The path is estimated to be around 2.5 miles in length and cost approximately $350,000 to complete, according to Killingbeck.

She added that the project was paid for thanks to money received from a $750,000 Michigan Economic Development Corporation grant, received in January, and two, 2-percent allocation grants from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.

Killingbeck said that the most time-consuming and expensive part of the project was the addition of a storm drain, enclosing a ditch that runs alongside of South Main Street.

She said that the path is a great edition to the community. She added that AuGres has a number of facilities for outdoor recreation, like playgrounds and baseball fields.

“Having this (path) here will bring a better quality of life to people in the area,” Killingbeck said. “This (is) a great recreational addition for people in AuGres.”

The path was completed by the Michigan Department of Transportation and Katterman Trucking.

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