- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) - A northeastern Michigan trail project designed to give snowmobilers, bikers, horseback riders and runners a place to park, rest, use the restroom and keep warm during cold weather is nearing completion.

After three years, Alpena’s trailhead project is expected to finish up this summer, The Alpena News reported (http://bit.ly/1NDHmdC ) Saturday.

The first phase is nearly finished and includes restrooms, a parking lot, lighting and a pavilion. The final cost of the project will be about $300,000.

“It is well on its way,” City Engineer Rich Sullenger said. “They have the base coat of asphalt down and are working on the electric and putting the lights up on the outside. They have some electrical work to do on the inside and then we can start the pavilion.”

Alpena, northeast of Saginaw, likely will become a more popular destination for snowmobilers and trail enthusiasts. The trailhead also will help connect people to the trail that leads into the city, near stores, restaurants and hotels.

“It is going to be open year-round and it is going to be able to accommodate anyone who uses the trail, and even the soccer association who can utilize it when there are games,” Sullenger said. “It has four family bathrooms, so it can be used by anyone. Something like this was badly needed … and is going to be a great addition.”

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Information from: The Alpena News, http://www.thealpenanews.com

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