The program consists of constructing concrete safety paths throughout the Township as outlined in the 1999 Safety Path Master Plan, updated in 2008. The original paths were constructed to provide pedestrians, joggers, and bikers with safe passage from local neighborhoods to schools, shopping areas, and other local points of interest. These concerns, combined with our residents’ interest in health and exercise, continue to drive this program.
In response to our residents’ interest, the Engineering and Environmental Services Department, working with our consulting engineers, update the Safety Path Master Plan annually. Future safety path routes are considered based upon the anticipated usage by residents, the ability to construct within the existing public right-of-way, and to preserve the surrounding natural features. Final detailed engineering plans are prepared for safety path routes after they have been determined to be feasible for construction within the cost of the program.
Benefits of this program: Provides a safe passage for children to school; promotes health and exercise; and promotes awareness of Township landscapes and natural features.
Telegraph -Square Lake Connections TAP Grant
The Township is applying for a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant to make two safety path connections across Telegraph Road (US-24) at Square Lake Road and just north of Bataan Drive, herein referred to the Telegraph-Square Lake Connections project. The goal of a TAP Grant is to fund projects that encourage people to use modes of travel other than a single passenger vehicle. This goal fits perfectly with the Township’s safety path program and the Telegraph-Square Lake Connections project. The Township has an extensive safety path network both east and west of Telegraph Road. The closest crossing of Telegraph Road to Square Lake Road is 0.6 miles south at Hickory Grove Road. The proposed project would create two safety path connections across Telegraph Road. The first proposed safety path connection of Telegraph Road is on the south side of Square Lake Road. Safety path is also proposed to be constructed on the north side of Square Lake Road at Franklin Road, and along the easterly side of Telegraph Road to just north of McDonalds. A second crossing of Telegraph Road is proposed in this area across the median to north of Bataan Drive. The preliminary concept plan can be found by clicking here.
2020 Safety Path Program
The 2020 Safety Path Program includes the following new paths to be constructed:
- Club Drive – west and south side from Square Lake Road to the Forest Lake Country Club parking lot
- Maple Road – north side from Inkster Road to Westmoor Road
The 2019 Safety Path Program includes the following new paths to be constructed in 2020 as well:
- South Cranbrook Road – east side from Westbourne Drive to Middlebury Lane
- Telegraph Road – east side from Lincoln Road to Fairlane Drive
- Woodward Avenue – east side from Oak Avenue to Maywood Road
- Woodward Avenue – Crosswalk, south side of Big Beaver Road
To view the Safety Path Master Plan Update please click here
2019 Safety Paths Map
SEMCOG has provided some tips for walkers to keep in mind.
Walk Bike Drive Safe
Click here to see SEMCOG videos on walking, biking and driving safely.
Updated: June 2019