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

Ardmore Avenue: Airport Expressway to Second Street [Entrance to Airport] (1mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:                        

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: This trail has been paved. Restoration work and road work continue.

Updated: January 2021

Dupont Road Trail: Lima Road to Coldwater Road (1.8mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: This trail project is part of a larger road widening project that will include a 10′ wide trail on the south side and a sidewalk on the north side of Dupont. It also includes a below-grade Pufferbelly Trail crossing of Dupont Road. This project is complete.

Updated: January 2020

Hanna Street: Pontiac Street to Rudisill Boulevard

Project Status


Completed Phases:              

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE

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 2018

 

Hanna Street Trail: US 27 to Tillman Road [.41 mi]

Completed Phases:          

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: The City of Fort Wayne will construct a 10′ trail along the west side of Hanna Street from US 27/Lafayette Blvd to Tillman Road and connect to Tillman Park. A sidewalk will also be constructed along the south side of Tillman Road to North Phoenix Parkway and along North Phoenix Parkway to connect to existing sidewalks at Southtown Centre. Construction is scheduled to begin in August, 2019.  PROJECT IS COMPLETE.

Updated: November 2019

Maysville Road: Stellhorn Road to Meijer Dr

Project Status


Completed Phases:              

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE

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. This project has been completed.

Updated: October 2018

Monroeville Park Loop [.5 mi]

Project Status


Completed Phases:                           

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE

Project Owner: Monroeville

Description: The Town of Monroeville constructed a half-mile trail loop in the Monroeville Community Park utilizing Indiana DNR Land & Water grant funds. This project was completed in 2019.

Updated: December 2019

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:              

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE

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. This project has been completed.

Updated: October 2018

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE

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. This project has been completed.

Updated: May 2018

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:              

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE

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. This project has been completed.

Updated: November 2018

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE

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. This trail project has been completed.

Updated: May 2018

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE

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. This trail project has been completed.

Updated: October 2018

St. Joe Center Road Trail: Meijer Drive to Chiswell Run and Wheelock Rd Trail from St. Joe Center Rd to Mill Ridge Run [1 mi]

Project Status


Completed Phases:                         

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: Walk Fort Wayne Project funded with TIF. 10′ wide asphalt trail that will run along the south side of St. Joe Center Road from the existing trail at Meijer Dr. to the sidewalk at Chiswell Run (entrance to Arlington Park). The trail will also extend south along the west side of Wheelock Road from St. Joe Center Road to south of Jefferson Middle School, where it will end at the existing pedestrian road crossing at Mill Ridge Run. Construction is was completed in late 2020.

Updated: January 2020

State Boulevard: Cass to Spy Run [.4 mi]

Project Status


Completed Phases:                         

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: Road Widening and straightening project that will include a sidewalk, trail and the Pufferbelly Trail Bridge. 8′-10′ wide trail will run from the Pufferbelly Trail to the Rivergreenway on the south side of State. Trail is currently open from Clinton St. to Spy Run Ave. and the Rivergreenway. Phase 2, from Cass St. to Clinton St. will be constructed in 2019 and 2020. Construction has begun. Contractors will work on new retaining walls and the pedestrian bridge for the Pufferbelly Trail through summer, 2020. Trail along State Boulevard will follow, during the summer of 2020. This project was completed in the Fall of 2020.

Updated: January 2021

West Hamilton Road: Vera Cruz to SR 14

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETE

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 and this trail project is now complete.

Updated: December 2018