Work on Little Chicago Road Trail begins

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From left, Noblesville Engineering Dept. Assistant Director Jim Hellmann, City Council Vice President Chris Jensen, City Councilor Greg O’Connor, Mayor John Ditslear, City Councilor Wil Hampton and City Engineer John Beery break ground on Little Chicago Road Trail on Aug. 17.

By Sadie Hunter

A planned trail connecting Ind. 38 to the South Harbour neighborhood broke ground Aug. 17.

The 8-foot-wide trail will be 2,700 feet, and an existing 4-foot sidewalk will be widened for consistency, connecting the city’s network of trails south along Hazel Dell Parkway to 146th Street. The trail is expected to be complete this fall.

The Little Chicago Road Trail is one of five other projects that will connect other sections of trail by the end of 2017.

The projects include 460 feet on 156th Street, east of Summer Road; 405 feet on Cumberland Road, north of SMC Boulevard; 425 feet on Greenfield Avenue, west of Summer Road; and a small gap on Stony Creek Trail, east of Regal Cinemas Noblesville 10.

Two other trail projects in the city are nearing completion – Midland Trace Trail Phase I and the Riverwalk.

The first phase of the Midland Trace Trail Project began Aug. 17 with paving. The 12-foot wide trail will be completed in September. The city said the trailhead along Hazel Dell Parkway will be finished near Memorial Day 2018. The second phase, which will extend the trail east to Willowview Road, will begin next year.

The Riverwalk project, in partnership with Hamilton County, is receiving its finishing touches. A ribbon cutting was held Aug. 25. The city said completion of the Riverwalk’s third phase connects the half-mile trail along the east side of White River downtown.

“We are increasing Noblesville’s trail availability and connectivity, which accomplishes a goal of making the city more walkable,” Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear said. “Making these trail connections are just as important as the larger projects. Having more options and longer stretches of trails allows our residents to be outdoors and active.”

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