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: Restoration

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.

Construction was completed in June 2022. This section of trail is still awaiting seeding, ADA ramps and bollards install. This section is not officially open yet.

Updated: July 2022

Cedar Creek Parks Trail - Amstutz Road (.7mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Engineering and Right-of-Way Acquisition

Project Owner: Leo-Cedarville, Allen County, and Fort Wayne Trails Inc

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: December 2021

Cedar Creek Parks Trail - Amstutz Road to Grabill Bridge

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Final Engineering

Project Owner: Leo-Cedarville, NewAllen Alliance, Fort Wayne Trails Inc

Description: A 10′ wide trail on the 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. The preliminary design is complete and property acquisition has begun. Bidding is planned for the spring of 2022 with construction to follow.

Updated: December 2021

Cedar Creek Parks Trail –Grabill Town Limits to Henry St. (.45mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Final engineering

Project Owner: Grabill, NewAllen Alliance, Fort Wayne Trails Inc, Allen County

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: Fort Wayne Trails is partnering with Grabill and the NewAllen Alliance. A 10′ wide trail on the 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. This trail will connect to the existing trail on Grabill Rd and connections to the Riverside Gardens.

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

Updated: December 2021

Cedar Creek Parks Trail - Henry Street to Leo-Grabill Sports Complex (.75mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Final Engineering

Project Owner: Grabill, NewAllen Alliance, Fort Wayne Trails Inc

Description: Trail users will be routed north on Henry St, east on North St, and then north on Main St. There will be6ft and 8ft trail and sidewalks on Henry and North St with sharrows on the road for cyclists. There will be 5ft sidewalks and sharrows along Main St. to Grabill Park where the trail resumes to the Sports Complex. This is a complimentary project in the NewAllen Alliance Stellar Projects from 2019-2023.

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

Updated: December 2021

Cedar Creek Parks Trail - Leo-Grabill Sports Complex to Hurshtown Reservoir (1.25mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Final Engineering

Project Owner: Allen County, NewAllen Alliance, Fort Wayne Trails Inc

Description: A 10′ wide trail will extend from the Leo-Grabill 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 the design and ROW acquisition for the project.

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

Updated: December 2021

Cedar Creek Parks Trail - Metea Park North on Hursh to Halter Road (.5mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Final Engineering

Project Owner: Allen County, Fort Wayne Trails Inc, 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: December 2021

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:             

Current Phase: Right of Way Acquisition

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 is staked and appraisals are underway.

Updated: August 2022

The Million Dreams Nature Trails (1mi)

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. DNR helped seed the natural prairie, which was mowed in July. Preliminary designs are complete, including a trailhead.

Updated: December 2021

PAYTON COUNTY PARK TRAIL (.5mi)

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Bidding

Project Owner: Allen County Parks and Fort Wayne Trails Inc

Fort Wayne Trails Activities: Allen County Parks is working with Fort Wayne Trails to create a new trailhead of Payton County Park with a 1/2 mile loop from the trailhead to the Pufferbelly Trail.

Updated: December 2021

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Engineering

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

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.

The County Highway and Surveyors Office reviewed and approved VS Engineering’s 60% plans in early October. The project is planned to be bid this winter with construction in 2022.

Updated: December 2021

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

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.

The City of Fort Wayne is applying for a Next Levels Trail grant to help fund this project. We should find out in March if the project is funded.

Updated: December 2021

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

Project Status


Completed Phases:            

Current Phase: Appraisals

Project Owner: Allen County, Fort Wayne Trails Inc

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: December 2021