Transportation Alternatives Program

PARKS AND REC TRAIL BRIDGES GAP

Until recently, the Genesee County Parks & Recreation had a shared-use path that extended to an old, narrow, wooded bridge and boardwalk that was in disrepair and getting little use. Now Stepping Stone Falls, a picturesque manmade waterfall, can be easily viewed and used by walkers and cyclists after construction a new pedestrian bridge and pathway connecting the falls to the Bluegill Boat Launch in Genesee Township. The new 1.4 mile long trail winds through Genesee County Park property which is full of diverse wetlands, woodlands and wildlife.

Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) provided preliminary planning, design and construction engineering for the path and the 14-foot wide pedestrian bridge connecting the falls and the existing Flint River Trail to the Bluegill boat launch.

The path is part of the local Flint River Trail network and Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail, a nearly 800 mile statewide route planned from Belle Isle to Ironwood. The project was funded through Michigan’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

Today the Flint River Trail network continues to grow and is hailed by trail enthusiasts and park officials as a great trail.