OTHER TRAIL PROJECTS IN OUR COMMUNITY

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 $600,000-800,000.

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 create the construction “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

Other Trail Projects in our Community

Bass Road - Clifty Pkwy to Thomas Road (.58mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Construction

Project Owner: Allen County

Description: The Allen County Highway Department is building a 10′ wide multi-purpose trail along Bass Road as part of the road-widening project in several phases between 2017 and 2023. This trail will be constructed along the north side of the road between Clifty Parkway and Thomas Road. This phase of the project was bid in March of 2021. This project has started and the road will be closed from 12/1/21 to 4/1/22.

Updated: December 2021

BASS ROAD - SCOTT ROAD TO HADLEY ROAD (1.85mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Engineering/Right Of Way Acquisition

Project Owner: Allen County

Description: The Allen County Highway Department is building a 10′ wide multi-purpose trail along Bass Road as part of the road-widening project in several phases between 2020 and 2026. This trail will be constructed along the south side of the road between Scott Road and Hadley Road. ROW appraisals have started for this section of trail. Bidding for this section of trail is planned for the fall of 2022 with construction planned in 2023-2024.

Updated: December 2021

BASS ROAD - THOMAS ROAD TO HILLEGAS ROAD (.66mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Restoration

Project Owner: Allen County

Description: The Allen County Highway Department is building a 10′ wide multi-purpose trail along Bass Road as part of the road-widening project in several phases between 2020 and 2026. Construction has started on this section of trail from Hillegas Rd to N Thomas Rd. This section of trail was completed in November 2021.

Updated: December 2021

BUCKNER PARK TRAIL (.75mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Permitting

Project Owner:  City of Fort Wayne Parks Department & DNR

Description: 8ft wide asphalt trail from the newly constructed Bass Rd Trail heading north into the park. The trail will provide park benches in several locations with scenic overlooks. The trail will run parallel to the Flaugh Ditch for a distance, providing views of the stream. At the north end of the trail there will a loop as a tun around with a picnic area and open-air pavilion. The trail will connect to the existing splash pad, pavilion, playground, and stone trail.

Updated: December 2021

 

CARROLL ROAD TRAIL - BETHEL ROAD TO MILLSTONE DR

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right of Way Acquisition

Project Owner:  Huntertown

Description: 8ft trail of both sides of Carroll Rd from the existing trail on Bethel Rd to Millstone Dr. The trail on the north side of Carroll Rd will also connect to the fairgrounds.

Updated: December 2021

 

CARROLL ROAD TRAIL - LIMA ROAD TO SHEARWATER RUN

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right of Way Acquisition

Project Owner:  Huntertown

Description: 8ft trail on the north side of Carroll Rd and sidewalk on the south side. The trail will connect to the existing trail on Carroll Rd and to the Pufferbelly Trail once an additional road construction project is completed including a round-a-bout at Carroll Rd and Shearwater Run.

Updated: December 2021

DIEBOLD ROAD TRAIL (.36 mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right of Way Acquisition

Project Owner:  Allen County/City of Fort Wayne Public Works

Description: A road widening project with trail on the west side of Diebold and a sidewalk on the east side. The project will extend from the existing trail to Clinton Street. Right of way acquisition started in March 2021. Work has begun on legal descriptions and plats. Construction is planned for 2023.

Updated: December 2021

 

Dupont Road Trail - Coldwater Road to Pine Mills Road (.31mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Construction

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works, Fort Wayne Trails Inc

Description: This project will include a 12′ wide curb-faced trail constructed on the south side of Dupont Road, filling a gap that will create a 4.7-mile trail along Dupont Road from Lima to Tonkel Road. The project also includes a sidewalk on the north side from Pine Mills Road west to the strip mall. The city is currently in the process of finalizing property acquisition from the last property owner and Fort Wayne Trails is assisting with fundraising for the project. Construction on this project has begun and a ribbon-cutting is scheduled for December 2021.

Updated: December 2021

Fishing Line Trail (.5 mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Bidding

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works and DNR

Description: The City received a Recreational Trails Program grant for this .5 mile asphalt trail on the former Grand Rapids – Indiana railroad corridor. The project received NEPA approval from INDOT and received Rule 5 permit. The project has been bid and construction could begin as soon as December 2021.

Updated: December 2021

Hanna Street Trail - Rudisill Blvd to Pettit Avenue (.8 mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Preliminary Engineering

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works

Description: This project will include an 8′ wide trail constructed on the west side of Hanna Street. Working on final design and cost estimate. The project needs funding to bid. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023.

Updated: December 2021

Hanna Street Trail - Pettit Ave to Decatur Rd (.37mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Right of Way Appraising

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works

Description: This project will include an 8′ wide trail constructed on the west side of Hanna Street.

Updated: December 2021

Hanna Street Trail - Wallace St to Berry St (.74mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Survey

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works

Description: This project will be an 8-foot wide concrete trail on the east side of Hanna St from Wallace St to E Berry St. Survey work is in progress.

Updated: January 2022

Hillegas Road Trail - W State Blvd to W Coliseum Blvd (1.35mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:        

Current Phase: Preliminary Engineering & Survey

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works

Description: This is a federally-funded, two-phased project with a 10 ft. trail on the east side and 5 ft. sidewalk on the west side of Hillegas Road. The first phase is State to Butler and the second phase will be Butler to Coliseum. Phase one estimated 2023/2024, phase two estimated 2025/2026.

Updated: December 2021

Illinois Road Trail - Rockhill Park to Getz Road (1.99mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right of way, Engineering

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works, Redevelopment Commission

Description: This project was started in 2011, but lacks funding for construction. The project is 80% designed. The project is moving forward with the acquisition of the last 4 parcels to get this project shovel-ready in hopes of securing funding assistance.

Updated: December 2021

Lake Avenue Trail (.52mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:           

Current Phase: Utility Relocation/ Construction

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: Construction is complete from Randallia Dr. To Hobson Rd. The remaining trail from Hobson to Coliseum is designed and the right of way is acquired. A preconstruction meeting was held in late March. The contractor has staked the right of way and utilities are being relocated. AEP and Frontier have placed new poles. Trail construction will begin once old poles have been moved. This project’s construction completion date has been moved to May 2022. The contractor hopes to pave the trail in 2021, but restoration will have to wait until spring 2022.

Updated: December 2021

Landin Road Trail - Powers Ave. to North River Road (1.4 mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:           

Current Phase: Construction

Project Owner: City of New Haven

Description: The City of New Haven will complete a road project on Landin Road, turning the four-lane road into a two-lane road with 8′ trails on each side, extending from Powers Ave. to North River Road. Construction is planned in two phases in 2021 and 2022. Phase 1 is Powers to north of the railroad tracks and will be finished by the end of October 2021. Phase 2 is north of the railroad track to North River Rd and will be constructed immediately following Phase 1.

Updated: December 2021

LIBERTY MILLS ROAD TRAIL (.75 mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right of Way, Engineering and Design

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works,  Redevelopment Commission

Description: The City of Fort Wayne has a TIF  (tax) district that will fund this project during the next few years. The trail will connect the existing trail on Liberty Mills Road, crossing to the north side at Middle Grove and continuing east to Falls Drive and the Village of Coventry Shopping area. A route survey is complete, and Right-of-Way discussions have begun. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023.

Updated: December 2021

LUDWIG ROAD TRAIL (.4mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Construction

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works, INDOT

Description: Ludwig Road will be realigned from Coldwater to Ludwig Circle East. A trail will be included as part of the project. The project also includes a roundabout at Brotherhood Mutual. Initial utility routing was completed on 12/30. A pre-bid meeting was held on 11-1-21. Construction is scheduled for 2022.

Updated: January 2022

Main Street Bridge Over Trier Ditch (.11 mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase:

Project Owner: City of New Haven

Description: New bridge over the Trier Ditch. The project will include an 8′ wide trail on north side and trail will extend to Moser Park.

Updated: December 2021

Maplecrest Road: State Blvd to Stellhorn Rd (1.6 mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:               

Current Phase: Construction for Phase 2; Phase 1 is complete.

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works

Description: City will be widening this section of Maplecrest Rd. An 8′ wide trail will be included on the west side and a sidewalk on the east side. A trail will also be constructed along sections of Stellhorn to make connections to shopping and restaurants.

This project is divided into two phases: Phase 1 is State to Trier which will be constructed in 2020, Phase 2 is Trier to Stellhorn and will be constructed in 2021. The trail along Stellhorn Rd is complete. Work continues on Phase 2 and is scheduled for completion in 2021. The trail is scheduled for completion in November 2021.

Updated: December 2021

Maysville Road Trail - Stellhorn to Maysville Circle (.65mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Engineering

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works, Redevelopment Commission

Description: A 10 ft. trail on the east side of Maysville Rd that will provide a connection between the Maysville Rd Trail, Landin Rd Trail, and the Rivergreenway. Topographic survey work is complete and design is set to begin.

Updated: December 2021

 

Meadowbrook Trail - New Haven Community Center To Kady Gene Senior Living (.5mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right of Way Acquisition

Project Owner: New Haven/Adams Township Parks and Recreation

Description: 10ft trail providing access between the New Haven Community Center and the Kady Gene Senior Housing complex. The trail will go north on Brookwood Dr. and then west on Brookdale Dr. to connect to the existing paths of the community center. The design is complete. The project was bid in May 2021.

Updated: December 2021

 

MONROEVILLE TRAIL

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: 

Project Owner: Monroeville, NIRCC

Description: This trail will start at the trailhead within the former Conversation Club property, head east through the woods and across Flat Rock Creek onto town-owned property behind CME then north to Monroeville Road. Moving forward in the INDOT process. Construction most likely beginning in the summer of 2022.

Updated: December 2021

NORTHEAST TRAIL - STELLHORN ROAD TO ST JOE CENTER ROAD (1.47mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Survey

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: This trail will be an extension of the Maplecrest Road Trail north to St. Joe Center Rd. 8-10ft wide trail will run along the north side of Stellhorn Road from the entrance of Northwood Plaza by Pizza Hut to the AEP transmission line by Eicher Drive. The trail will then run north along the AEP transmission line to the YMCA and St Joe Center Road.

Updated: December 2021

Rivergreenway - St. Marys Pathway Re-Alignment; Thieme Drive (.36 mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Engineering

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works and City Utilities

Description: A new flood wall will be built along the west side of Thieme Drive from Main Street to Washington Blvd. A new 8-10′ trail will be built on top of the wall, moving the current alignment from the sharrow on Thieme Drive to a separated trail segment. This project will begin after City Utilities completes its drop shaft project on Thieme Drive. This project is in need of funding.

Updated: December 2021

Summit Park Project (1.19mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right of Way Acquisition

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne, Redevelopment Commission

Description: Trail and sidewalk project funded with TIF. This project will connect neighborhoods with existing bike and pedestrian infrastructure on Lima Road and Washington Center Rd.

This project is divided into four phases: Phase 1, sidewalk from North Oaks Mobile Home Park to the Grand Rapids-Indiana Railroad Corridor, is complete. Phase 1B, sidewalk from the railroad corridor to Lima Road, will be constructed in 2020. Phase 1C, a 10′ trail along the railroad corridor from Washington Center Road to Ludwig Road has just gone to bid, and will be constructed in 2019. Phase 1D includes trail along the south side of Ludwig Road from the railroad corridor to Lima Road, and will be constructed in 2021.

The Trail is complete from Washington Center to Ludwig Rd..

Still need to acquire an easement from Meijer. Bidding time will be dependent upon securing permits and easements from Meijer.

Updated: December 2021

Wheelock Road Trail - Jefferson Middle School to Stellhorn Rd (.67mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Survey

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works and Redevelopment

Description: 10ft wide asphalt trail on the west side of Wheelock Rd extending from the trail completed in 2020 to the existing trail at Stellhorn Rd and Wheelock Rd.

Updated: December 2021

Woodburn Road Trail

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Design

Project Owner: Woodburn/ NIRCC

Description: 10 ft. trail on the north side of Woodburn Road from Becker Road west 1,380 feet to a mid-block crossing. The trail will replace an existing sidewalk that has a low ADA rating. Construction is scheduled for 2022

Updated: December 2021