Fish migration project temporarily closes Rouge Gateway Trail

DEARBORN — The Rouge Gateway Trail will be closed in Dearborn through July 10 due to construction traffic for the Henry Ford Estate Dam Fishway project.

The main point of access for the construction will be via the Rouge Gateway Trail off Michigan Avenue east of Andiamo’s.

The majority of the excavation, stone work, and bridge construction is scheduled to take place through November 2018, with revegetating the site and restoration of disturbed areas to occur next spring.

Future trail closures and lane closures on Michigan Avenue are to be expected but will be announced when known.

The trail will be open Aug. 5 for the city’s Homecoming 5K and Fun Run, and Sept. 29 for the Zaman Run Walk Picnic.

The HFE Fishway project — a partnership between Wayne County and the Alliance of Rouge Communities — was created to have a positive impact on an estimated 50 river miles and 108 miles of tributary stream for fish migration and reconnection to the Great Lakes for the first time in over 100 years.

Establishment of the HFE Fishway in the form of a natural channel will not only provide fish passage but provide improved diversity within the river corridor.

Additionally, a bridge connecting the Rouge Gateway trail to the north side of the Lower Rouge River — west of the Henry Ford Estate Dam — will be constructed to allow for access.