Project Summary

The planned 2023 MDOT reconstruction of Grandview Parkway between Garfield Avenue and Division Street provides opportunities for a better non-motorized network and community connections. What could take this project from good to great is improved trails, safer crossings and a more connected non-motorized network.

The City of Traverse City, the Downtown Development Authority and TART Trails engaged the services of Progressive AE to identify opportunities and create a conceptual plan for improved non-motorized access concurrent with MDOT’s project scope between West End Beach Parking lot and the intersection of Garfield and Grandview/Front. Progressive AE’s scope of work included considering improvements along the existing trail along the waterfront from the West End Beach parking lot to the trail’s connection to Murchie Bridge; as well as exploring extended facilities to provide comfortable and safe non-motorized connectivity east of Murchie Bridge to Peninsula Drive and the Garfield Ave intersection.

The concept plan proposes expanding the segments of the existing trail width to 16 feet, with 10 feet dedicated to bi-directional bicycle use, and six feet dedicated to pedestrian use. The concept plan also envisions a future trail connection east of Senior Center Beach along the Parkway.

Read more about the collective effort in this recent Ticker article.


  • Expand existing trail width to 16′, with 10′ dedicated to bi-directional bicycle use, and 6′ dedicated to pedestrian use
  • Implement safer road crossings and trail intersections
  • Elevate and showcase the rich artistic and cultural traditions of our region
  • Envision future trail connections for a more walkable, bikable Traverse City


The City of Traverse City sought Requests for Proposals (RFP) from consulting landscape architectural/civil engineering firms in summer 2022 to provide final design and construction administration services for the Traverse Area Recreation Trail (TART) Improvement and Extension project between West End Beach and the intersection of Garfield Avenue/US 37 and Eastern Avenue, located within the City of Traverse City. One firm will be selected as a qualified firm to provide the engineering services for the project.

Progressive AE Conceptual Plan
The conceptual plan was presented to both the City of Traverse City and DDA boards for information and feedback.

To view MDOT’s complete PowerPoint presentation on the Grandview Parkway reconstruction project, including detour maps and proposed intersection design renderings, click here.

Thank you to our TART Bayfront Improvement & Extension Funders & Project Partners:

City of Traverse City
Downtown Development Authority
Dan and Marsha Edson
In memory of Gordon & JoAnn Grapes, Mutual Gas
Al and Terry Hershey
Michigan Department of Transportation
TART Trails
The Festival Foundation
Traverse City Tourism
Traverse City Track Club