Lafayette and West Lafayette team up for pedestrian trail funding

Lafayette and West Lafayette are teaming up to get grant money from the state to make the Sagamore Parkway bridge part of a pedestrian walkway.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 3:52 PM
Updated: Mar 7, 2019 5:50 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - You may have been wondering why a sidewalk was built on the side of the new east-bound bridge on Sagamore Parkway. Lafayette and West Lafayette are teaming up to get grant money from the state to make the sidewalk part of a pedestrian walkway.

The money is coming from Governor Eric Holcomb's Next Level Trails grant program. 82 Applications have come from 42 counties across the state. 

This trail would start on River Road. A parking lot would be built underneath the Sagamore Parkway bridge and a ramp would then be built up to the bridge to access the trail. Another ramp would be built so people could access the Wabash Heritage Trail from the Sagamore Parkway bridge. That trail runs parallel to the Wabash on the Lafayette side of the river.

According to the application, the new trail would also connect to the Soldiers Home Road Trail and the 9th Street Trail.

Lafayette City Engineer Jeromy Grenard said the public these days wants to be active.

"They're learning once again how to out into nature and enjoy nature and have a higher quality of life and that's what we're trying to do by building this trail system," he said.

The trail would continue to 9th Street where the trail would turn left and head north. It would end at the city limits, which is just before the cluster of businesses where the American Red Cross chapter of Lafayette is located. Grenard said the county has plans to continue the trail from there all the way to Prophetstown State Park.

Some may have concerns about safety along the part of the trail that would run parallel to Sagamore Parkway, a road where cars often speed past the 50 mile per hour speed limit.

"We will most likely build the trail on the other side of the ditch that runs along the road," he said. "It's a fairly large ditch."

Grenard said they should find out early spring time if they have been awarded the $3.9 million they applied for. He said collaboration has been, and will continue to be key for this project.

"That's something that our community does a great job at," he said. "Myself, my counterparts at West Lafayette and the county, we're talking all the time."

He said if they don't get the grant this round, they will reapply for the next round of Next Level Trail applications. If they do get the grant, he said the trail would be finished during 2020.

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