The long anticipated 'Path to the M' is underway. Once completed, the path will give walkers and bicyclists a safe route of travel to get to the M Trail and Drinking Horse Trail.

The path runs along Bridger Drive from Story Mill road to the trail heads of the “M” and “Drinking Horse” and will include an underpass between the two trails, When completed it will be just over two miles long. The path will also link Story Mill Community Park, which will be opening this summer, the Story Mill spur, and the East Gallatin Recreation Area.

The project is expected to be completed this fall.

The project is paid for in part through a Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant (awarded in 2013) and through a matching contribution from the City of Bozeman funded through the 2012 Bozeman Trails, Open Space and Parks Bond. Once finished the City of Bozeman will accept ownership responsibility for the entire path.

Construction of the project is being managed by Western Federal Lands Highways Division in coordination with Belgrade contractor CK May. Work will continue through the summer and impacts to traffic will be fairly minimal for most of the duration of the project. For a period of about two weeks during mid-summer there will be minor impacts to traffic.

The city of Bozeman contributed to this story.