Important Information

The Boardman Lake Trail around Boardman Lake, in the heart of Traverse City, is a shared-use path owned by the City of Traverse City, in partnership with Grand Traverse County and Garfield Township. Decades in the making, this project is the final connection to close the loop around the lake, completing the West Boardman Lake Trail.

This West Boardman Lake Trail project was split into two sections:

  • Phase I starts at the end of the trail at 14th Street. It then follows the railroad right-of-way to the  parking lot on the north side of Northwestern Michigan College (NMC). Construction for this section began during the summer of 2020 and was completed earlier this summer (2021).
  • Phase II starts where Phase I stopped: It begins at NMC and extends over the Cove area on Boardman Lake, through Logan’s Landing, across a new bridge to Medalie Park and across another new bridge, to close the loop at the existing trail. This second phase is under construction now.

 

The entire loop is anticipated to be complete in the summer of 2022.

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Prein&Newhof will have personnel in the field on behalf of the City.

Bob Ouwinga
Construction Observer (On-Site)
(231) 878–2536

Scott Post, PE
Project Manager
(616) 485–0281

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Contractor: Elmer’s Crane & Dozer, Inc.

Al MacDonald
(231) 943–3443

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City of Traverse City

Penny Hill
Assistant City Manager
(231) 922–4440

City of Traverse City – West Boardman Lake Trail Loop Phase II

This Week

Through the winter, construction operations on the project will be more hit or miss. However, this week, work continued on the bridge abutments and the boardwalk decking. More exciting news is that most of the railing parts have been delivered and are now on site, ready for nicer weather to install them! Elmer’s finished creating the sheet pile walls for the two bridge abutments in Medalie Park. Next week, they plan to shift over to Logan’s Landing and set the sheet piles for this abutment. As soon as weather is warm enough, they will pour the actual concrete abutments on the piles within these walls. When the concrete cures, they will be ready to set the bridges.


Next Week

Work will continue on the sheet piles abutment cofferdam at Logan’s Landing, and Spence Brothers will continue work on the boardwalk deck, as well as the stairs off of 16th Street.

Last Week

All of the piles in Boardman Lake are now set and proofed! There are three remaining sets of piles to be placed, but they are mostly out of the water and will be placed from the NMC side in the near future. The swamp excavator and barges will now be able to leave the lake. Spence Brothers continued to work on the deck, and also set the footings for the stairs at the City Park property.

 

This Week

Elmer’s intends to focus on placing the sheet piles around the bridge abutments. They will start on the abutment at Logan’s Landing and work east for the three others. They anticipate this will take them about a month. In the meantime, Spence Brothers will continue to work on the boardwalk deck and the stairs.

This Week

Happy New Year! Elmer’s is making good progress working in the winter setting piles. Almost all the piles are now set, with just a few to go on the north end of the cove in Boardman Lake. In addition, crews finished placing the piles for the bridge abutments for both bridges. Which brings us to the exciting news that both bridges have been delivered to the site! They are setting at Medalie Park until Elmer’s completes the abutments, which they are working on now.

Carpenter crews from Spence Brothers are making great progress on the boardwalk decking, and this week started work on the stairs from the City property down to the kayak / fishing platform off of Lake Ridge Drive.

 

Next Week

We anticipate that they could be done with the piles for the boardwalk next week. Then work will progress through the winter to complete the deck and also the stairs. Next week Elmer’s plans to start working building the bridge abutments on the new piles, with sheet piling and concrete. Elmer’s estimates it will take them about a month to finish the steel sheeting, and depending on the weather, pour the actual concrete that the bridges will set on.

This Week
Work continues on piles and decking for the boardwalk. In addition, crews are continuing to set the helical piles for the bridge abutments. 
Next Week
Work may be sporadic during the Holidays, but Elmer’s plans to continue setting timber piles for the boardwalk, and should be able to complete the helical piles for the bridge abutments. Work will continue with pouring the abutments so they are ready for the bridges, which should arrive early next month.The next update will likely be posted during the week of January 3, 2022. In the meantime, enjoy the Holiday Season and Happy New Year!

This Week

Work started on the abutments for the bridge from Logan’s Landing to Medalie Park. Test piles were sunk and approved. Crews continued working on the boardwalk decking and piles across the lake. In addition, the at-grade stairs near the fishing/kayak deck were completed this week.

 

Next Week

Work will continue on the bridge abutments. Elmer’s anticipates that the abutments for this bridge should be complete next week. They will start on the next set of bridge abutments for the bridge from Medalie Park to the trail on the east side of the river. The two prefabricated bridges (90 feet long and 140 feet long) are on the way. The plan at this point is to set the bridges in place right after the holidays! 

Work will also continue on the boardwalk, which is coming together quickly.

This Week

Elmer’s accomplished a lot this week! While the pile crew continues to make progress placing and proofing piles for the boardwalk, other crews have been creating the structure for the boardwalk and even started to place the decking! In addition, crews began work on the stairs at the City park property.

 

Next Week

Elmer’s will continue to place and proof the piles. They are just beyond two-thirds of the way across Boardman Lake already. It is also likely that they will start working on the abutments for the bridges over the Boardman River at Medalie Park. They have been waiting for materials to begin this work and they anticipate it will arrive next week.

In addition, the plan is to place winter-tolerant seed and mulch blanket at the City park stairs to protect against soil erosion.

This Week

Carpenter crews have finished the decks for both overlooks and the kayak/fishing platform. The railings are ordered and should be ready for installation in the spring. This week crews began work on the boardwalk, adding stringers between the piles to build the deck on.

In addition, pile crews are continuing to place piles out across the lake to NMC. Almost two-thirds of the piles are placed, and most have been proofed and ready for deck construction.

 

Next Week

Work will continue on the same tasks as this week. In addition, they will likely begin to clear the areas on Medalie Park to prepare to construct the bridge abutments. The manufacturer anticipates the two bridges will be delivered to the project in early to mid-December.

This Week

Carpenter crews are working on the kayak/fishing platform, as well as the steps between the lake and the City Park property along Lake Ridge Drive this week. In addition, aggregate should be placed as base for the brick paver blocks at the rest area near NMC.

Elmer’s needed to repair the pile hammer, but it should be up and running this week, and they will continue to proof piles in place for the Boardman Lake Boardwalk.

It is possible that crews will begin clearing for construction of the bridge abutments for the bridges from Logan’s Landing to Medalie Park, and the Medalie Park to the existing trail on the east side of Boardman Lake. Sheet piling for these abutments should arrive in the next few weeks.

 

Next Week

Work will continue on these same tasks. We anticipate that they will be working on the piles for another month.

This Week

Work has continued on the 16th Street overlook, and they anticipate the deck will be completed this week. In addition, work will likely begin later this week on the kayak/fishing platform on Boardman Lake at the City property off of Lake Ridge Drive. Railings for these overlooks are currently in fabrication and will likely be ready for installation in December or January.

Topsoil has been spread and raked out for the section of the trail from the end of Phase I on the north end near Dendrinos Drive, all the way around NMC to Boardman Lake, where it will meet the boardwalk under construction. Elmer’s plan to have this area planted with grass seed and covered with mulch this week.

Due to slightly deeper water moving north across the lake with pile installation, Elmer’s is working on a mechanism to provide additional support for their swamp excavator with barges. They hope to have this ready this week so they can continue setting piles.

 

Next Week

Work will continue placing and proofing piles, as well as construction on the kayak/fishing platform. It is possible that work may start as early as next week constructing the boardwalk decking. This work will start at the south end at Logan’s Landing.

 

This Week

Elmer’s crews continued setting piles in Boardman Lake. To date, they have set about 1/3 of the 174 piles needed for the boardwalk.

Other work continues on the third wall north of NMC, as well as restoration, including topsoil and seed along the trail and the sidewalk on Lake Ridge Drive. They finished the deck for the NMC overlook, and will be working on the railing in the near future.

 

Next Week

Elmer’s plans to use the pile hammer to proof all of the piles that are set to date to meet design capacity.

Next week they plan to finish the wall north of NMC. With the completion of this wall, they will be done with the trail from Boardman Lake to the end of last year’s project near the NMC Windmill. By the end of the week they plan to have this entire section buttoned up with gravel base, topsoil, seed and mulch blanket—ready for the winter.