- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Officials say $6.2 million will be used to improve southeastern Michigan’s trail network.

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments announced Friday it’s handing out Transportation Alternatives Program funding. The money will go to projects to improve walking and bicycling access to schools, fill gaps in trails and improve walkability of downtowns.

The 15 projects span seven counties in southeastern Michigan.

In Washtenaw County’s Ann Arbor Township, a 1.5-mile connection will be made between a trail and the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens. In Macomb County’s Shelby Township, a trail will extend the Riverbends Trail network toward Gene Shepherd Park.

In Monroe County’s Bedford Township, a project will move forward that’s designed to slow traffic and improve mobility for nearby residents, including senior citizens.

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List of projects: https://bit.ly/2afAhRa

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