Public Works Project of the Year

Rogue River trail wins national award

July 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

Phase II honored as Public Works Project of the Year It has been 20 years in the works, but has been worth the wait. The Rogue River Trail Phase II project has been named a Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). “It is a great project, and it’s beautiful. It’s nice to know how we stack up nationally,” said Rockford City Manager Michael Young. The nature trail and boardwalk that residents have been enjoying since June 2008 at the northwest side of the Rockford dam is the second phase of three planned. The first part of the project was to the south of Ten Mile Road with a boardwalk and viewing and fishing platform. The third phase will be a continuation of the boardwalk up the Rogue River for another one-third mile. Ideally, Young would love to see a walking bridge over the Rogue River connecting the trail to the White Pine Trail. “That’s what our surveys show residents want, but it would depend on funding,” Young said. He also said a bridge over the river would have to be approved by the state. The City of Rockford,  along with primary contractor Katerberg VerHage and primary consultant Paradigm Design Inc., will be presented with the award for the trail during APWA’s International Public Works Congress & Exposition held in September in Columbus, Ohio. APWA Project of the Year awards are presented annually to promote management and administration excellence of public works projects by recognizing alliances between managing agencies, contractors, consultants and their cooperative achievements. This year APWA selected 19 projects in five categories: Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair, Environment, Historical Restoration/Preservation, Structures, and Transportation. The Rogue River Trail Phase II project received the award in the Structures category, less than $5 million range. The Rogue River Trail Phase II  is the second phase of three to create a scenic trail along the Rogue River, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) designated trout stream, from the south side to the north side of the City. The project involves the development of a natural area that is nestled between residential properties and the Rogue River with the intent of preserving natural features and wildlife. More than 1,500 feet of trail […]