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 - 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 December 2022 with construction in 2023-2024.

Updated: December 2022

BUCKNER PARK TRAIL (.75mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Construction

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.

This trail is currently under construction with a final completion date of June 2023.

Updated: December 2022

 

CARROLL ROAD TRAIL - BETHEL ROAD TO MILLSTONE DRIVE

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. Right of way acquisition will continue in 2022 and construction could begin as soon as early 2023.

Updated: December 2022

 

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. The project is planned for 2023.

Updated: December 2022

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. Some parcels are in condemnation and may delay schedule.

Updated: November 2022

 

FRANKE PARK ROAD AND IMPROVEMENTS (.5 mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Engineering

Project Owner: Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

Description: A new entrance off Goshen Road is planned for Franke Park. A trail will be constructed alongside the road. Completion is anticipated for early summer 2023.

Updated: November 2022

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Construction

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.

Construction has begun and most of the concrete work is complete. The project should complete in November 2022

Updated: November 2022

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Construction

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. The contractor will begin on the north end with storm pipe in early November.

Updated: November 2022

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Preliminary Engineering

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.  The survey work is complete. The city is looking at right-of-way needs and then the design will begin.

Updated: November 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 is estimated 2023/2024, and phase two is estimated 2025/2026.

Updated: November 2022

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Appraising

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: November 2022

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:           

Current Phase: Construction Phase 2

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. Phase 2 has been approved by INDOT and has been awarded.

Updated: November 2022

LIBERTY MILLS ROAD TRAIL (.75 mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Acquisition

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: November 2022

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. Pre-construction meeting was held in late January 2022. The completion date is June 2023. The contractor has paved most of the trail.

Updated: November 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

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. Plans are 90% complete. Project is on hold.

Updated: November 2022

 

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Construction

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. Construction should start in early fall with completion by December 2022.

Updated: August 2022

 

MONROEVILLE TRAIL

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Bidding

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 is expected in early 2023.

Updated: November 2022

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Preliminary Engineering

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. Survey is complete and engineering will begin. Construction is planned for 2024.

Updated: November 2022

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: November 2022

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 the 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..

Secured DNR permit. Meijer is ready to sign easement. Consultant needs to secure ROW permit from INDOT for Lima Rd/ SR 3, then the project can be bid.

The project is planned to be bid in November or December.

Updated: November 2022

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Design and Right of Way Engineering

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne Public Works and Redevelopment

Description: 8ft – 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: November 2022

Woodburn Road Trail

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Pre-construction

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. The project was rebid and the bid was accepted by INDOT and Woodburn. Expected construction early 2023.

Updated: November 2022