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

Carroll Road Trail - Pathway Church to Pufferbelly Trail [.5 mi]

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Drainage Review

Project Owner: Allen County, Fort Wayne Trails Inc.

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: Allen County Highway Department with assistance from Fort Wayne Trails will construct a 10′ trail on the north side of Carroll Road from the new trail built by Pathway Church east to connect to the Pufferbelly Trail. Design is being reviewed by the County, some drainage concerns, but no additional right of way is needed. County to review final drainage plans before bidding. The project is set to be bid in August of 2021 with planned construction in the fall of 2021.

Updated: August 2021

Cedar Creek Parks Trail - Amstutz Road

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Engineering and Right-of-Way Acquisition

Project Owner: Leo-Cedarville & FWT

Description: A 10′ wide trail on the east side of Amstutz Rd. will extend from Trading Post Rd. to Hosler Rd. This connects to the Leo Schools’ campuses. This is a federally-funded project along with the widening of Amstutz Rd. Stage 1 drawings are complete.

Updated: August 2021

Cedar Creek Parks Trail - Amstutz Road to Grabill Bridge

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Pre-Engineering and Resource Development

Project Owner: Leo-Cedarville, NewAllen Alliance, FWT

Description: A 10′ wide trail on south side of Hosler Rd, will cross to the north side at St Rd. 1 to Grabill Bridge. A separate bridge upgrade will include a cantilevered trail addition on the north side of Grabill Bridge. This is part of the NewAllen Alliance Stellar Portfolio from 2019-2023.

Updated: August 2021

Cedar Creek Parks Trail –Grabill Town Limits to Henry St.

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Final engineering

Project Owner: Grabill, NewAllen Alliance, FWT, Allen County

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: Fort Wayne Trails is partnering with Grabill and the NewAllen Alliance. A 10′ wide trail on north side of Grabill Rd. will be built from the western town limits to Henry St. This is a part of the NewAllen Alliance Stellar Portfolio from 2019-2023. DLZ has completed the feasibility study.

Plans are at 90% completion. Project to be bid in winter 2021 for construction in spring 2022.

Updated: August 2021

Cedar Creek Parks Trail - Henry Street to Grabill iAB Sports Complex

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Final Engineering

Project Owner: Grabill, NewAllen Alliance, FWT

Description: A 10′ trail will travel on the west side of Henry St. and cross the ditch into Grabill Park to the iAB Sports Complex. Project includes pedestrian bridge/culvert over Haifley Ditch. This is a part of the NewAllen Alliance Stellar Portfolio from 2019-2023.

Plans are at 90% completion. The project will be id in winter 2021 with construction in the spring of 2022

Updated: August 2021

Cedar Creek Parks Trail - iAB Sports Complex to Hurshtown Reservoir

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Final Engineering

Project Owner: Allen County, NewAllen Alliance, FWT

Description: A 10′ wide trail will extend from the iAB Sports Complex in Grabill to the north side of Haifley Ditch, along the railroad corridor to Springfield Center Rd. and continue on the west side of Roth Rd. to the entrance of Hurshtown Reservoir. This is a part of the NewAllen Alliance Stellar Portfolio from 2019-2023. Allen County is finalizing an agreement on who will lead design and ROW acquisition for the project.

Plans are 75% complete. Planned to bid in winter 2021 for construction in spring 2022.

Updated: August 2021

Cedar Creek Parks Trail - Metea Park North on Hursh to Halter Road

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Final Engineering

Project Owner: Allen County, FWT, NewAllen Alliance, Allen Co. Parks

Description:  Starting at the Metea Park North Trailhead on Hursh Road, this  10′ trail will continue on the south side from the trailhead to the AEP corridor, make a mid-block crossing and continue on the north side east to Halter Rd. where it will meet with portions of the trail being built by Leo-Cedarville. This is a complementary project with the NewAllen Alliance Stellar Portfolio from 2019-2023.

Plans are at 90% completion. Project to be bid in the winter of 2021 for construction in spring 2022.

Updated: August 2021

Covington Trail – Hadley Road to Getz Road (.9mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right of Way Engineering

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Trails Inc.

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: Fort Wayne Trails has donated $150,000 for Right-of-Way purchasing for this section of trail that will connect neighborhoods in Aboite Township west of Interstate 69, to destinations like Covington Plaza and Time Corners. This will be an 8′ or 10′ trail on the north side of the road, along with two crossings over the Durnell Drain and Flaugh Ditch. We will also be working with companies and individuals to create a trail hub rest area and gathering spot along the route. Right of way plans were submitted to surveying last week of July 2021. Two months is needed to complete right-of-way engineering. Appraising should being in October 2021.

Updated: August 2021

The Million Dreams Nature Trails

Project Status


Completed Phases:                    

Current Phase: Bidding, Engineering and Design

Project Owner: East Allen County Schools, Paul Harding Jr. High School, and Fort Wayne Trails, Inc.

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: Fort Wayne Trails is assisting Paul Harding Jr. High School students and East Allen County Schools with fundraising, and planning for this project on the corner of Paulding Rd. and Wayne Trace. They are converting old baseball fields into a natural area, building a natural surface trail through their wooded area, and building a public, multi-use, paved trail on their property. They have all the permissions they need from the school, and the school corporation is tearing up the ball fields in spring/summer 2020. DNR is helping with the natural planting. They are currently getting bids to design the paved trail and have agreed that it can be a trailhead for the future Six-Mile Creek Trail (there is ample parking). The paved trail will be 8 feet wide, concrete, and will connect Paulding Road to Wayne Trace from Santa Anna Drive which has sidewalks into the neighborhood.

Teachers and volunteers have cleared and maintained a 3/4 mile natural surface trail through the woods. Preliminary designs are complete.

Updated: August 2021

Pufferbelly Trail – Life Bridge Church to Fitch Rd (4.3 Miles)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Finalized Right of way

Project Owner: Allen County, Allen County Parks, Huntertown, Fort Wayne Trails

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: Fort Wayne Trails is acting as a partner and project coordinator for Allen County trail projects, and has successfully advocated for county funding during 2018-2019. A 12′ wide trail on the old railroad corridor will connect Life Bridge Trailhead to Fitch Rd as part of The Poka-Bache Connector trail.  Fort Wayne Trails is also partnering with the Allen County Parks Department to build a trail spur to the parking area of Payton County Park, and a trail hub rest area and gathering spot along this section of trail. Allen County Parks recently received DNR funds to build the 8′ spur into the center of the park and has hired contractors to complete the final design. The Governor has provided $3.3 million dollars for the construction of this project.

Design and Engineering is near completion for the entire 4.3 mile stretch of trail. The trail will also include a new trailhead just north of Shoaff Rd and a turn around loop and rest area at Fitch Rd.

County has sent all but 4 ROW and engineering plans to the DNR before the project is bid. Engineering plans are at 80%. Bidding is planned for the fall of 2021 with construction beginning in the spring of 2022.

Updated: August 2021

PUFFERBELLY TRAIL: WASHINGTON CENTER ROAD TO ICE WAY (1.6 mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:                        

Current Phase: Right of way acquisition

Project Owner: City of Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Trails, Inc.

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: The most important section of trail in our community’s history will soon be built. A critical 1.6 miles of the Pufferbelly Trail is needed in order to connect our trail system. Currently, there are approximately 85 miles of trails south of Coliseum Boulevard, and approximately 30 miles of trails north of Washington Center Road. Much like the “golden spike” that completed the transcontinental railroad and allowed the country to connect from east to west in the 19th century, our “golden spike section” will create a network of 115 miles of interconnected trails. At its completion, all but 10 miles of our county-wide system will be interconnected. Fort Wayne Trails is fundraising for the local matching dollars needed for this project. 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 2022. Survey work has been completed and design work has begun.

Updated: August 2021

Union Chapel Trail – Corbin Road to Auburn Road (1.5mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Appraisals

Project Owner: Allen County, FWT

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: Fort Wayne Trails is acting as a partner and project coordinator for Allen County trail projects, and has successfully advocated for county funding during 2018 for engineering. Parkview has donated funding for this project as well. This will be a 10′ trail on the north side of Union Chapel Road, from the existing trail west of Auburn Road to the Life Bridge Church Trailhead and Pufferbelly Trail, just west of Corbin Road. Design and engineering studies have been completed. Parkview has donated $90,000 to help with trail construction. Title work and appraisal work started in March 2021 and was completed in June 2021. Planning to apply for Next Level Trails round 3 funding for this project.

Updated: August 2021