Last Leg of Walking Trail Around Jasper Now on the Map

Dubois County (NNDC):

Work will begin soon on the newest section of the city’s multi-use trail, hopefully, this summer.

Backed by more than $2 million in grant funding from the Indiana Department of Transportation and a 20% match from the city, the planned stretch of trail will begin at the current Riverwalk access point at 15th Street, run to Kellerville Road, along Cathy Lane to Mill Street, and back to the north end of the Buffalo Trace Golf Course.

The Board of Public Works and Safety recently approved a $209,000 construction inspection contract with VS Engineering, and INDOT will bid out the project next month. The estimated work should begin this summer and last for 6-8 months.

Current Mayor Dean Vonderheide remarked that he thinks it shows that the public is behind this idea and and will use it for health activities or just regular recreation.

When completed, the public will be able to run from the north end of the Riverwalk at 15th Street to Kellerville Road, north to Cathy Lane, along the south side of Cathy Lane to a point even with 23rd Street and the north side of Calumet Lake, then west along 23rd Street to the west side of Mill Street then north along Mill Street to the north edge of Buffalo Trace golf course.  The final stage of the path is not set, but the city will eventually get to Northwood Avenue and follow it to St. Charles.

Long term goals are to eventually connect to other nearby towns and cities.

Several routes were considered, but this is the one the city has elected to move forward with since 2007, adding that the route meets all INDOT safety requirements and accomplishes the goal with the best cost alternatives.

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