It has not been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, and this is a good thing.
I have had the pleasure of working with folks from MTGA and ACA who are actively helping with this, in addition to speaking with people from all three of the relevant MDOT region offices, who have been very helpful.
In Bay County we have made a lot of progress because of local interest. Both MDOT's Bay Region and two people from the staff of the Bay County Road Commission have been actively involved, suggesting route modifications and putting us in touch with others. Some of these route modifications have been controversial within the group, but to my own thinking I appreciate the road agency assistance and support, and since we absolutely have to have the approval of MDOT and the County road agencies to implement this at all, I tend to defer to their judgment.
One thing I think is important is that we keep our MDOT Bike-Ped Coordinator, Josh DeBruyn, apprised of our progress and discussions at every step. At some times I worry that we are bombarding him with e-mails, but he knows what's going on (if he has time to slog through all our info).
We have broken the route into 5 segments, each 55 to 80 miles long, in order to be able to get our arms around the thing. We are using Google maps to keep track. Just for example, at the present the draft of the route in the easternmost segment is mapped here:http://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=108954390673308760542.00047b49cb1a2b9b83050&z=9
I haven't tried to post a link here before so I hope that works
We will be meeting formally with the St. Clair County Road Commission (easternmost county along the route) on Feb. 2, so wish us luck. We are starting to get in touch with all the various road commissions to apprise them of what we're up to and to solicit their input.
If anyone would like all the maps (the 5 segments, as currently drafted), shoot me an e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org