Bendele 2015 05-22

Bill Bendele’s construction company is performing the repairs

If you’ve been following the story on this website, you know that the Clark Lake Spirit Trail is undergoing repairs on the section that parallels Hyde Road.  Particularly damaged is the area adjacent to the Post Office.  Seasonal freezes and thaws plus some vehicle traffic have caused significant deterioration.  And is sometimes the case, understanding what exacerbates the problem isn’t uncovered until the digging begins.  In this case, the area under the pavement was found not to be a firm foundation, but soaked with runoff.  When any sort of weight was applied to the surface, the asphalt separated and the breakup only became worse.

To correct the problem, it’s necessary to run drainage under from where the Trail meets Hyde Road, along side the Post Office building and rear parking area and finally to the area where the Trail heads north on the old Cincinnati Northern Railroad right of way.  Once the drainage system has been installed, it’s expected that new pavement will extend from the edge of Hyde Road to the old railroad bed.

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The Clark Lake Spirit Trail is far from a “once and done” venture.  Regular maintenance, improvements and repairs (like that described in this story) are required to keep the Trail in good order.  Only through people like you does support take place.  Would you like to help?  Your donation is tax advantaged through the Clark Lake Spirit Foundation–via credit card on this website or by mailing a check to PO Box 224, Clarklake, MI 49234.