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Michigan Update

May 1, 2017
Contact: Jeff Kakuk, 906-563-9247, ext. 109 or John Pepin, 906-226-1352
ORV trail bridge closed temporarily for $803,000 repair project in Ontonagon County
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has closed the South Branch of the Ontonagon River bridge near Ewen to off-road vehicle traffic during construction activities, which are expected to continue into October.
“This is an important bridge repair project we first began developing several years ago,” said Ron Yesney, DNR Upper Peninsula trails coordinator.
The 1.25-mile trail closure began April 17 between Cedar Street in Ewen and North Cemetery Road, which is situated east of town.
A 3-mile trail reroute has been established and signed along South Cedar Street to McRae Road, east to North Cemetery Road.
The DNR is grateful to the Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment (MI-TRALE), which is the trail sponsor, the Ontonagon County Road Commission and McMillan Township for developing the temporary trail reroute.
Trail users are reminded to be respectful of private property while using the detour.
“This bridge provides access for snowmobile, ORV and non-motorized traffic on the Bergland to Sidnaw Rail Grade,” said Jeff Kakuk, DNR western Upper Peninsula trails specialist. “The project will consist of repairs to the bridge abutments and the installation of a new deck structure and railings.”
The 443-foot-long steel plate girder bridge, which was constructed during original Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic railroad development, has undergone engineering review by NDG Consulting of Traverse City.
This $803,000 project is being funded through ORV and Recreational Trails Program funding. Repairs are being performed by MJO Contracting Inc. of Hancock.
The Bergland to Sidnaw Rail Trail (Snowmobile Trail No. 8) uses the former DSS&A railroad grade and runs for 49 miles. The route parallels M-28, running east and west, in Ontonagon County.
For more information on the project, please contact Kakuk at 906-563-9247, ext. 109 or [email protected].
For more information on ORV trails in Michigan, visit DNR ORV/ATV 2.
/Note to editors: Accompanying photos are available below for download. Suggested captions follow. Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Bridge: An off-road vehicle bridge over the South Branch of the Ontonagon River near Ewen in Ontonagon County has been closed for repairs until fall. A reroute is available
Deck: Deterioration of the decking on the off-road vehicle bridge over the South Branch of the Ontonagon River near Ewen is shown. The bridge has been closed for repairs until fall.
Map: A map showing the temporary bridge closure and trail reroute./
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• Deck.JPG
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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to DNR - Department of Natural Resources.

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More Michigan update! https://content.govdelivery.com/acco...letins/19c7bbc

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June Meeting results Michigan DNR
June 9, 2017
Contact: Ken Silfven, 517-284-6027; Scott Whitcomb, 989-983-4101, or Jessica Holley, 989-426-9205
Tell us what you think: Comment on revised ORV rules on state forest roads for northern Lower Michigan
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites public input on a proposal to open thousands of miles of state forest roads to off-road vehicles in the northern Lower Peninsula. The expanded access takes effect January 2018, as required by Public Act 288 of 2016.
The department has devoted the past several months to thoroughly mapping the region’s state forest roads. State forest roads, managed by the DNR, provide access for activities such as habitat improvement, timber management, and fire control, as well as public access for hunting, fishing, hiking and outdoor recreation. Historically, these roads have been closed to ORV use unless designated as part of an ORV route.
PA 288 encourages more people to enjoy Michigan’s public lands by enhancing ORV opportunities in the northern Lower Peninsula. Beginning in 2018, all state forest roads in the region will be open to ORV use unless designated closed by the DNR. Reasons for closures include ensuring user safety, preventing user conflicts and protecting environmentally sensitive areas.
The public is welcome to attend any of the following meetings to review the proposed changes, ask questions and provide input.
• Monday, June 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Quality Inn, 2980 Cook Road, West Branch
• Tuesday, June 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, 6087 M-115, Cadillac
• Wednesday, June 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Jay’s Sporting Goods, 1151 S. Otsego Ave., Gaylord
Comments also can be made by viewing the online map at DRN Forest Roads. Instructions are available on the website.
Alternatively, comments will be accepted via email to [email protected] or by mail to DNR Roads Inventory Project, P.O. Box 456, Vanderbilt, MI 49795. The comment period will close July 15, 2017.
“Michigan offers countless opportunities for outdoor adventures through the availability and diversity of its public lands,” said Bill O’Neill, chief of the DNR’s Forest Resources Division. “Opening more forest roads to ORV enthusiasts lets people take full advantage of these recreational experiences. With the public’s input, we will determine which areas lend themselves to this type of use and which ones need protection. The result will be a well-thought out, balanced approach that protects our resources while encouraging use.”
For more information about the state forest road inventory process, visit DRN Forest Roads. For more information about trails in Michigan and to sign up for trail email updates, visit DNR Trails Redirect.

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Michigan has scheduled two free weekends for ATV/UTV trails. One in June, and one in August. Check out the Michigan DNR for details. Michigan is a great place to ride!

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never ceases to amaze me as to how a $100K project morfs into a huge $$ project do to regulations and the many "agencies" it must go though who all add to the costs mainly to justify their importance {IMHO]
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Yeah, but they give us two free weekends! LOL
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Street Legal status for UTV's is being discussed now. There was a bill presented that challenged to Secretary of States right to ban UTV from the license process. The Secretary of State enacted the ban without using the Judicial process. Finally have Representatives looking into it! Election year! LOL

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I wish Iowa would do it! We are getting counties opening it up, though. That's a start!

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The downside on being street legal is insurance. Some companies offer coverage, but it is high priced, others won't touch a UTV. I found GEICO to fit my needs, and did it online. Michigan provides a new VIN for approved ORV's and that was the holdup on many insurance companies!

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