WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is trying to make trails more available to Hoosiers. West Lafayette officials say new trails are a standard effort within construction projects.
The DNR wants a trail to be within 5 miles of every Hoosier by 2016.
DNR Director of Outdoor Recreation Steve Morris says trail demand and funding has gone up.
It's something West Lafayette City Engineer Dave Buck says they have added to major road projects to help improve quality of life and connect the city.
"It's a simple thing to incorporate if you're doing a whole, brand-new road," Buck said. "Given the backbone network that's already there, it would be a shame to not keep adding to it as a matter of course, because the benefits that it provides to the overall community."
Buck says this summer they will build a trail from the roundabout at Yeager and Northwestern to the trail at Northwestern and Lindberg.
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