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: Utility Relocation

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. Utilities are being moved and then construction will start.

Updated: August 2021

BASS ROAD - HADLEY RD TO CLIFTY PKWY (1.35mi)

Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: This Project Is Complete

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 Hadley Road and Clifty Parkway. This phase of the project is scheduled was completed in 2019. This project is complete

Updated: May 2021

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

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: August 2021

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

Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right of Way Acquisition/Moving of Utilities/ Bidding

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 north side of the road between Thomas Road and Hillegas Road.

Updated: August 2021

Beckett's Run Trail - St. Joe Center to Clinton St. (1.8mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Construction

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works

Description: The current phase will construct a 1.8 mile trail along the west bank of St Joe River from St. Joe Center Road (where it will connect with Rivergreenway) to Beckett’s Run and then westerly along Beckett’s Run to Clinton. In the future, the Beckett’s Run Trail will extend to Salomon Farm Park and the Pufferbelly Trail, creating a 17-mile loop connecting the Rivergreenway and the Pufferbelly. Fort Wayne Trails assisted with the development of a logo for this trail.  The trail is paved and handrailing is completed. Construction crews are working on backfilling and grading. Final restoration and seeding are to be completed in September.

Updated: August 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 sidewalk on the east side. The project will extend from the existing trail to Clinton Street. Right of way acquisition started in March 2021. Construction is planned for 2022.

Updated: August 2021

 

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

Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Construction

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works, FWT

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 should begin in August 2021.

Updated: August 2021

Fishing Line Trail (.5 Miles)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Design and NEPA(National Environmental Policy Act)

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. NEPA study work is underway and construction is scheduled for 2021. This corridor has potential Indiana Bat habitat, so trees cannot be removed until October 1st. This will delay bidding. The project is scheduled to be bid in late 2021.

Updated: August 2021

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Final Design

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 2022/2023.

Updated: August 2021

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

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: August 2021

Illinois Road Trail

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Engineering

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

Description: The City of Fort Wayne will complete trails from the intersection of Jefferson Blvd. and Ardmore Avenue to Reckeweg Road, including a trail section on Hillegas Road from Jefferson Blvd. to Illinois Road. These will connect the existing trails to Jefferson Pointe and other shopping areas.

Updated: August 2021

Lake Avenue Trail

Project Status


Completed Phases:           

Current Phase: Utility Relocation

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. Completion is set for November 2021.

Updated: August 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: August 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 continue east to Falls Drive and the Village of Coventry Shopping area. Route survey is complete, and Right-of-Way discussions have begun. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023.

Updated: August 2021

LUDWIG ROAD TRAIL (.4 MILES)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right of way

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. Planning documents are underway. Construction is scheduled for 2021-2023.

Updated: August 2021

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. Project will include an 8′ wide trail on north side and trail will extend to Moser Park.

Updated: August 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: August 2021

Maysville Road Trail - Stellhorn to Maysville Circle

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right of way

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. Construction is scheduled for 2022/2023.

Updated: August 2021

 

Meadowbrook Trail - New Haven Community Center (.5 Miles)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right of way Acquisition

Project Owner: New Haven/Adams Township Parks and Recreation

Description: The scope of this project has been reduced. 10′ wide trail for access to the New Haven Community Center by Meadowbrook Neighborhood and the Kady Gene Senior Housing. The design is complete. The reduced project was bid in May 2021.

Updated: August 2021

 

PFW Pedestrian Bridge - Over Coliseum Blvd

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Project Complete

Project Owner: PFW/Ivy Tech

Description: Pedestrian Bridge over Coliseum Blvd. to link Ivy Tech and Purdue Fort Wayne campuses, called the Parker Cole Crossing. This bridge will eventually tie into the Rivergreenway when trail segments are extended. INDOT is currently testing and retesting all aspects of welding and suspension. This project is complete.

Updated: August 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. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2022.

Updated: August 2021

Summit Park Project (1.19 mi)

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. and bidding is on hold. The remaining trail on the south side of Ludwig Rd will be bid in 2021 or 2022.

Updated: August 2021

Woodburn Road Trail

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Design

Project Owner: Woodburn

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: August 2021