The city of Wixom is gearing up to construct a bike path along Loon Lake Road to create a more walkable community using the dedicated millage approved by city voters in 2008.
The 0.3-mill property tax was approved for the construction, maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of paths and sidewalks within the city.
So far, both Potter Road and Grand River Avenue safety paths have been completed. Within the next few weeks, the city intends to begin the Loon Lake Road safety path project that will commence at Kings Crown Court and terminate at Chanticlair Circle, on the northern side of Loon Lake Road, east and west of Loon Lake Elementary School.
To inform residents about the pending project, a public meeting was held on Thursday, July 14.
“The purpose of the project is to build other links for a continuous pathway given that a lot of kids walk internally through common areas and it will provide better access to and from school,” said Assistant City Manager Tony Nowicki.
Eventually the pathway can hook up to Benstein Road in Commerce Township, but that will “be up to Commerce to decide that,” Nowicki said.
In Wixom, however, officials compiled an itemized list of where safety paths would be constructed in the long run.
“We want to fill in gaps eventually on Wixom, Beck and West Maple roads,” Nowicki said.
The contractor, Italia Construction, Inc., of Washington Township was awarded the construction project with their bid of $188,216.
The project is expected to be completed before the new school year begins in the fall.