It’s been years since the first leg of the Westchester-Liberty Trail was
built: the sidewalk along the north side of 1100N from 23rd Street east to
the Rosehill Estates subdivision.
When completed, that sidewalk will extend all the way to 100E and then to
Rail Road, giving folks a safe route as far as Coffee Creek Center.
But a good head of steam on the project was lost when it was learned that
the marshy area north of 1100N and east of Rosehill Estates is a designated
wetland, meaning that this leg of the sidewalk—or boardwalk, more
likely—will require special permits from the Department of Natural Resources
and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
That news effectively brought the project to a grinding halt, and it hasn’t
helped that the Town of Chesterton’s annual grant applications for the next
leg of the Westchester-Liberty Trail have been regularly denied, year after
Now the Town Council is interested in pursuing a stop-gap solution, possibly
a narrower sidewalk, along the north side of 1100N. “We might be able to do
some stuff in-house, just to get things started,” Member Emerson DeLaney,
R-5th, said at the council’s meeting Monday night.
The key to anything, though, is some initial surveying, Town Engineer Mark
At the request of Member Sharon Darnell, D-4th, O’Dell promised to obtain
some quotes for a survey first.
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reminded the council that, beginning
in the third week of April, four of the town’s at-grade railroad crossings
will be closed, in staggered rotation, for repairs: the Fourth Street,
Eighth Street, 15th Street, and South Jackson Blvd. crossings.
Schnadenberg noted that the Eighth Street grade-crossing is particularly
rough right now.