Completed Trail Projects

What It Takes to Build A Trail

From the first time someone thinks, “Hey, this is a great spot for a trail,” to its construction, almost all public, multipurpose trails go through these phases on their road to completion. Not all phases run congruent to each other and many times phases are happening at the same time. 

 

Resource Development


(2-5 years): Figuring out whether there are enough cash resources, partners, and public desire for a proposed stretch of trail. How much does it cost? Each mile of trail averages between $800,000-$1.2 million.

Pre-Engineering/ Study


(3-6 months): Let’s take a serious look at this proposed section, and determine whether there will be any obstacles. Is there a wetland, or a creek? Which side of the road will have the greatest benefit, and least impact? What is the grade? Are there resources like mature trees we’d like to work around? The partners in the project visit the site several times with engineering experts, to determine how best to create the new trail.

Engineering & Design


 

(6-12 months): Once the Pre-engineering decisions are made, experienced engineers will survey and create the construction plans or “blueprints” for the actual project, taking into consideration all of the questions addressed above.

 

 

 

 

Bidding


(3-6 months): Projects that are being completed by municipalities and/or using public resources from local, state, and federal sources must follow statutes regarding open bidding for these projects.

Right-Of-Way Acquisition


(1-2 years): With a final plan and the funds in place, the partners can approach property owners to acquire the needed permission to proceed with the project. This includes the purchasing of right-of-way or donation by property owner, the granting of easements, and so forth.

Trail Construction


 (6-9 months): The construction phase includes relocating utilities as needed and installing the trail. Building a trail requires the same preliminary work as building a road.

Restoration Work


 (3-6 months): Once the trail construction is completed, the entire project gets a face lift, with fresh grass seedings, landscaping and trees as called for in the specific project, benches, signage, etc.

Current Fort Wayne Trails Assisted Projects

Other Trail Projects In Our Community

Recently Completed Trail Projects

Hanna Street: Pontiac Street to Rudisill Boulevard

Project Status


Completed Phases:              

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETED

Project Owner: City Of Fort Wayne

Description: 8′ wide concrete trail on east side of Hanna St. from Pontiac to Oxford and the west side from Oxford to Rudisill. Will connect with Weisser Park; Weisser Park Elementary School; bike lanes on Rudisill; and Foster Park & Rivergreenway via Rudisill bike lanes and sidewalk.

Updated: October 29, 2018

 

Lake Avenue Trail

Project Status


Completed Phases:              

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETED

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: Walk Fort Wayne Project. Trail on north side of Lake Ave. from Randallia Dr. to Coliseum Blvd.

Updated: October 29, 2018

Maysville Road: Stellhorn Road to Meijer Dr

Project Status


Completed Phases:              

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETED

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: City will widen the roadway to five lanes where needed; where not needed a landscaped median will be placed. 10′ wide trail on NW side and sidewalk on opposite side. Projects funded with TIF. Project also includes trail on south side of Stellhorn from Maysville to Wheelock and sidewalk on west side of Maysville from Stellhorn south to Marathon Gas Station to tie in with existing sidewalk.

Updated: October 29, 2018

Poka-Bache Connector - Bluffton Road from W. Foster Park to Lower Huntington Road (1.5mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:              

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETED

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: This section of the Poka-Bache Connector was funded in part through a Regional Cities Initiative grant. Fort Wayne Trails advocated for this project and partnered with the City of Fort Wayne to apply for these funds.

Updated: October 29, 2018

Pufferbelly Trail - Lawton Park to State Boulevard (.63mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETED

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: This section of the Pufferbelly Trail was funded in part through a Regional Cities Initiative grant. Fort Wayne Trails advocated for this project and partnered with the City of Fort Wayne to apply for these funds.

Updated: May 22, 2018

Pufferbelly Trail –Ludwig Road to Washington Center Road (.95mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:              

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETED

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: This section of the Pufferbelly Trail was funded in part through a Regional Cities Initiative grant. Fort Wayne Trails advocated for this project and partnered with the City of Fort Wayne to apply for these funds.

Updated: November 2, 2018

Pufferbelly Trail – State Boulevard to Fernhill Drive, Trail Spur to Franke Park (1.6mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETED

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: This section of the Pufferbelly Trail was funded in part through a $100,000 donation from Fort Wayne Trails, the City of Fort Wayne, and the Federal Government.

Updated: May 22, 2018

Six-Mile Creek Trail – Tillman Park to LeMar Drive (.93mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETED

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne,  FWT

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: Fort Wayne Trails identified the Six-Mile Creek Trail early on as an important project for our community, and began raising funds for it a decade ago. For this section, Fort Wayne Trails donated $100,000. Final landscaping and minor construction items are being completed, and the trail is now open to the public.

Updated: October 5, 2018

West Hamilton Road: Vera Cruz to SR 14

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETED

Project Owner: Allen County

Description: The County will replace the W Hamilton Rd. Bridge over the Beal-Taylor Ditch and extend the existing trail from the entrance to the Vera Cruz subdivision (Ridge Crest Crossing) to the new trail on SR 14. Utilities have been relocated.

Updated: December 6, 2018

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