After originally being discussed by the AuGres City Council as an idea in 1996, and after construction which began more than 2 years ago, AuGres finally has its bike path.
The newly completed path stretches from Main St. and travels to the mouth of the AuGres River. The path is estimated to be around 2.5 miles in length and cost approximately $350,000 to complete.
The project was paid for thanks to money received from a $750,000 Michigan Economic Development Corp. grant, received in January, and 2, 2.0 percent allocation grants from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
The most time consuming and expensive part of the project was the addition of a storm drain, enclosing a ditch that runs alongside of S. Main St.
The path is a great edition to the community, AuGres has a number of facilities for outdoor recreation, like playgrounds and baseball fields.
references: arenac county independent, james kuch, donald horne (p)