About a month after
the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission gave a high grade to
Phase III of the Westchester-Liberty Trail project--which will complete
construction of the eight-foot sidewalk along 1100N from the South Fifth
Street to 100E--NIRPC has officially approved 80/20 funding for Phase III.
So Chesterton Town
Engineer Mark O’Dell reported to the Park Board at its meeting Tuesday
that NIRPC has not yet formally scheduled release of the funds. An initial
grant for engineering could be made available this year or next, while one
for actual construction activity might be available in 2022.
In any case, O’Dell
told the board that he will soon ask the Town Council to approve a CEDIT
line item of $128,500 to use as a match for any start-up funds which might
be released this year for Phase III of the Westchester-Liberty Trail.
Phase III--with an
estimated cost of $1,406,250--will continue the eight-foot sidewalk on the
north side of 1100N from South Fifth Street to 100E. Approximately halfway
between the two intersections a spur on the south side will be built leading
from park property into the Tamarack subdivision, then continuing through
Tamarack--on widened sidewalks--to 100E where it meets Rail Road, thus
effectively linking Dogwood Park, and the Prairie Duneland Trail to the
north of it, with Coffee Creek Center.
A crosswalk from
the north side to the south will be striped on 1100N and adequate signage
and warning lights added as well, O’Dell said.