Decades in the Making, Ribbon Cut on the New North Ridge Connection
Thanks to decades of diligence and strong, local partnerships, the final gap between Fruit Ridge Avenue and Walker Avenue is complete. To mark the end of this significant achievement, the City of Walker hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, November 5th, 2020.
After 25 years, this connection will now provide vital emergency response access for police and fire, along with transportation redundancy for employees and visitors to this industrial corridor.
Prior to achieving this connection North Ridge Drive, west of Walker Avenue, was the city’s longest cul-de-sac. Prior to North Ridge West, North Ridge Drive served 7,300 feet of roadway without a secondary exit. This Visser Brother's development extended that cul-de-sac another 2,400 feet along with three more proposed cul-de-sacs totaling 3,200 feet.
The City of Walker’s North Ridge East project helped to close the gap by adding another 1,550 feet of public roadway across the Schwallier Orchard.
One final phase is included in the Master Plan and will allow for connectivity and redundancy all the way to the intersection of Four Mile Road and Cordes Avenue. The overall connection from Fruit Ridge Avenue to Cordes Avenue will relieve congestion on Alpine Avenue, Four Mile Road, Three Mile Road, and allow enhanced access to I-96 at three potential interchanges.
The City of Walker would like to recognize and thank our community partners Visser Brothers (DEG), Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Moore and Bruggink, Montgomery Excavating and The Right Place for making this project a success.