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Initiative underway to link walking, biking trails in Berrien County

Nearly half of the county's municipalities have bought into plan

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Imagine being able to safely ride a bike from St. Joseph to Coloma. Or walk or bike, away from traffic, from Union Pier to Warren Dunes State Park.

Imagine crossing a bridge over Lake Chapin to walk or bike from Berrien Springs to St. Joseph.


Marcy Hamilton, deputy director/senior planner of the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, and Gary Wood, president of the Friends of Berrien County Trails, look over a map of the Indiana Michigan River Trail on Tuesday while visiting the Brandywine Creek Nature Preserve in Niles.


A rendering illustrates a proposed bridge across Lake Chapin in Berrien Springs, which would be built on the existing piers from an old interurban railroad.

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