DNR Reacts to Halted White Pine Trail Project
"We've basically turned those grants back in," says Parks and Rec District Supervisor Tim Schreiner.
Controversy over a White Pine Trail project has forced it to be postponed.
The Department of Natural Resources planned on improving areas of the trail that aren't paved, but backlash changed their minds.
The DNR received more than $3 million from MDOT to put down crushed limestone on areas of the trail that are rough for riders and walkers.
The project would've covered 40 miles of the 92-mile trail that runs from Grand Rapids to Cadillac.
The DNR says they're not allowed to use the money for anything else.
"It's not an option. The grants were tied to doing a 40 mile stretch with limestone and so we've basically turned those grants back in. We are going to have to start from ground zero," says Schreiner.
The DNR say paving the entire trail could cost close to $15 million.