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 $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.

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

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Construction

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: This project will extend the trail from Airport Expressway to the entrance of the Fort Wayne International Airport.  Trail will be constructed on the east side of Ardmore Avenue. The Groundbreaking was held on March 27th, and construction is underway.

Updated: April 23, 2019

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

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 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 is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

Updated: December 6, 2018

BASS ROAD: HADLEY RD TO CLIFTY PKWY [1.35mi]

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 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 to be completed in June 2019.

Updated: April 23, 2019

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 2017 and 2023. This trail will be constructed along the south side of the road between Scott Road and Hadley Road. This phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

Updated: December 6, 2018

BASS ROAD: THOMAS RD TO HILLEGAS ROAD [.66mi]

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 2017 and 2023. This trail will be constructed along the north side of the road between Thomas Road and Hillegas Road. This phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

Updated: December 6, 2018

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Engineering and Design

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: The current phase will construct a 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. Construction is planned for 2020.

Updated: December 6, 2018

Cougar Trail

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Engineering and Design

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: A 12′ wide trail from the Rivergreenway and Yarnelle Trail at Swinney Park will extend north to the University of Saint Francis, and the Bass Road Trail. The trail is tentatively planned to connect from the Yarnelle Trail at Main Street to Lindenwood Nature Preserve, the University of Saint Francis, and Spring Street/Bass Road.

Updated: April 23, 2019

 

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

Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Re-Design, Survey

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: This project will include an 12′ wide curb-faced trail constructed on the south side of Dupont Road, filling a gap which will create a 4.7 mile trail along Dupont Road from Lima to Tonkel Road. Project also includes a sidewalk on the north side from Pine Mills Road west to the strip mall. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020.

Updated: April 24, 2019

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Construction

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 that is not yet paved, but is now open to the public. The entire project is expected to be completed in June, 2019.

Updated: April 23, 2019

Hanna Street Trail: Rudisill Blvd to Pettit Avenue [.8 mi]

Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Engineering and Design

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: This project will include an 8′ wide trail constructed on the west side of Hanna Street. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020.

Updated: December 6, 2018

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

Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Bidding

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 for 2019.

Updated: April 26, 2019

Illinois Road Trail

Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Engineering

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

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 existing trail to Jefferson Pointe and other shopping areas.

Updated: April 24, 2019

Landin Road Trail: Powers Ave. to North River Road [1.4 mi]

Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right-of-way Acquisition

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.

Updated: April 23, 2019

LIBERTY MILLS ROAD TRAIL [.75 mi]

Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Engineering and Design

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Description: The City of Fort Wayne has a TIF 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. Construction will begin in 2022 or 2023.

Updated: December 6, 2018

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: December 6, 2018

Maplecrest Road: State Blvd to Stellhorn Rd [1.6 mi]

Project Status


Completed Phases:               

Current Phase: Engineering and Design

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

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. Utilities are currently being relocated for this project.

Updated: December 6, 2018

Monroeville Park Loop [.5 mi]

Completed Phases:             

Current Phase:

Project Owner: Monroeville

Description: The Town of Monroeville will construct a half-mile trail loop in the Monroeville Community Park utilizing Indiana DNR Land & Water grant funds. This project has been awarded and construction will begin in Spring, 2019.

Updated: April 23, 2019

PFW Pedestrian Bridge: Over Coliseum Blvd

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Construction

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.

Updated: November 5, 2018

 

PUFFERBELLY TRAIL: WASHINGTON CENTER ROAD TO ICE WAY [1.54 mi]

Completed Phases:                        

Current Phase: Engineering and Design

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: The City of Fort Wayne will build this connecting section of trail between Washington Center Road and the Glenbrook Shopping area. The project will include a crossing at Coliseum Boulevard and a sidewalk to Glenbrook Square. Construction of this project will begin in 2021. Survey work has been completed and design work has begun.

Updated: April 23, 2019

Rivergreenway: St. Marys Pathway Re-Alignment; Thieme Drive [.36 mi]

Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Engineering and Design

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

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 2020.

Updated: December 6, 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:             

Current Phase: Engineering and Design

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 scheduled to begin in 2020.

Updated: December 6, 2018

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Construction

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 spring, 2020. Trail along State Boulevard will follow, during the summer of 2020.

Updated: April 23, 2019

Summit Park Project [1.19 mi]

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right of Way Acquisition and Bidding

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne

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.

Updated: April 23, 2019

The UAW local 2209 is raising money for more trail development, June 15th!