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Lansing Council Votes To Expand River Trail

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Lansing is now one step closer to creating one giant bike trail from the Capitol City to East Lansing.



Council members agreed to use roughly $1.1 million from an MDOT grant to create five additional miles on the trail along with a bike path.




8-year-old Tyrell White rides his bike almost everyday outside his house on Armstrong Street, but his mother, Jamila Bredley, says it's not the safest of areas. "It's really dangerous out here, people drive crazy out here in the streets. A trail would be nice for the kids and families to ride their bikes on."


With council's unanimous approval on Monday,m the city is now one step closer to adding close to six miles of fresh asphalt around the city, something that council member Tina Houghton says will just be another addition to the city's nationally renowned river trail.


"It's a complete path that will get us around a millions ways from East Lansing to Lansing, west side of Lansing to north side of lansing," said Houghton.

But while she says using grant money is great for the community, Loretta Stanaway isnt that convinced.

"These act $51 should be going towards streets and repairing existing sidewallks and not adding to a system that we currently don't have the resources to currenlty maintain," said Stanaway, a homeowner in the area.

There is one hurdle left--most of the five miles is on Consumers Energy property. If the ultility gives the OK to the project, those resources will be covered. If not, taxpayers might pick up the tab.

But Jamila said even if she had to pay for it herself, she isn't concerned instead both are excited that Lansing's future seems to be on the right path



Consumers Energy tells 6 News it's currently reviewing the process. If the expansion gets the green light, construction could get underway as soon as next spring.


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