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Posted on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 10:58 a.m.

Construction crews use helicopter to place 2-ton beams for border-to-border trail

By Lisa Allmendinger

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A large construction helicopter lands behind the fire station in Dexter Monday morning.

Lisa Allmendinger |

A construction job in Dexter was so big it required help from above this morning. A large white construction helicopter was used to move two beams, each weighing about 2 tons, into place for the county's border-to-border trail.


A scene from above the boardwalk that's part of the border-to-border trail.

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The helicopter hovered behind the Dexter Area Fire Department Monday morning as the pilot touched down in a small construction staging area along the Mill Creek, drawing a crowd of spectators on Alpine Street.

The border-to-border trail runs through the back side of the Westridge subdivision and crosses the Mill Creek at the east entrance to the village.

The helicopter landed and extra weight was unloaded before it flew to the other side of the railroad bridge and moved the two steel beams into place.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Dexter stories, visit our Dexter page.


After removing extra weight, the construction helicopter headed to the other side of the railroad bridge to move the two beams into place.

Lisa Allmendinger |



Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 12:53 p.m.

It's great to see the continued progress of this terrific trail -- an asset to the county as a whole and to each community it goes through.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 2:05 p.m.

Would be nice to see it go all the way out to the Chain of Lakes and then make it possible for kids to walk or bike to school!


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 12:19 p.m.

Great photos. I'll bet it was fun to watch. Thanks for working outside on a cold Michigan day.

Russ Monahan

Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 9:01 p.m.

Does anybody at the newspaper know the difference between "boarder" and "border"? And you get it wrong in the headline? C'mon, with quality control like that, it's no wonder circulation is dwindling.

Nathan Bomey

Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 9:05 p.m.

Thanks for catching the typo. We are fixing it now.


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 8:50 p.m.

This headline would lend itself to any number of silly comments. Please let's just fix it.

Nathan Bomey

Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 9:05 p.m.

Thanks for catching the typo. We are fixing it now.