Details regarding two hike/bike trails were addressed by the Porter
Redevelopment Commission on Tuesday.
Members authorized making offers for land needed near Munson Ditch for a
portion of the planned Dunes Kankakee Trail. An acquisition list was
approved and the offers will be made based on the average of two previously
The RDC tabled adoption of an interlocal agreement tied to the
reconstruction of Indiana 49 as it goes into the Indiana Dunes State Park;
the redesign will include the Dunes Kankakee Trail, which would begin at the
state park and when completed reach the Kankakee River.
Two actions were taken regarding the Porter Brickyard Trail, now under
At the recommendation of Porter director of Building and Development Michael
Barry, the RDC approved two change-orders: a $26,961 net credit because a
portion of the trail within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will use an
existing trail there, and an additional $24,668 charge after finding
unsuitable soils during construction.
Barry said with the approved change-orders the project is $87,000 over
budget but other credits are yet to be posted. The original contract for
Brickyard construction was $2,997,881 with most of that amount funded
A RDC agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation, which
administers the Brickyard project due to those grants, was OK’d on a 5-0
vote assigning shared responsibilities for the trail’s pedestrian bridges
over U.S. 20 and U.S. 12. Approval was subject to the Porter Town Council
concurring, which it did during its meeting Tuesday.