Dickinson Trail Network helps fund bike route

The Dickinson County Road Commission received a check from the Dickinson Trail Network and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to cover an additional foot of paved shoulder on a 2-mile project on County Road 607. In front, from left, are road commission members Dale Johnson, Vice Chairman Allan Bilski, Chairman Jim Carey, Ron Milbrath and Dave Brisson. In back, from left, are Chad Sussott and Bob Werner of the Dickinson Trail Network, Matthew Torreano of the DNR and Jim Harris, managing director of the road commission.

IRON MOUNTAIN — An additional foot of paved shoulder was added to a 2-mile County Road 607 repaving project in Breitung Township, providing a two-foot paved shoulder for use by bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Dickinson Trail Network, formerly the Dickinson County Bike Path, secured a Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant of $30,000 and contributed $6,927 to cover the cost.

The DNR grant was secured for the Iron Belle Trail, a state recreational route from Detroit to Ironwood that includes 40 miles through Dickinson County.

Assisting on the County Road 607/Bass Lake Road project were the Dickinson County Road Commission, Michigan Technological University, and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

Dickinson Trail Network also acquired a DNR grant of $8,000 and provided a local match to sign the entire Iron Belle Trail through Dickinson County.

County Road 607/Bass Lake Road is part of the Tour de Dickinson family fun ride held in August each year. This year’s event is Aug. 17, starting at 8 a.m. at Lake Antoine Park in Iron Mountain.

For more, go to www.tourdedickinson.com or www.dtntrails.org.