Work has begun on the Wilbur Wright Trail just north of Garner Street. Employees from Milestone and Site-Tech Clearing Contractors have been working this week to clear the roadbed of trees and give access to start construction of a bridge where the trail crosses under a railroad trestle. If the weather cooperates and the project stays on schedule, construction of the bridge can begin this winter. (David Burns / C-T photo)
Courier-Times Staff Report
Construction began this week on Phase 1 of the Wilbur Wright Trail, a project that has been in planning since 2004. The asphalt-surface trail will measure two miles and is meant to accommodate runners, walkers and bicyclists.
Phase 1 of the trail will go from the Henry County YMCA parking lot and continue to a trailhead at the Wilbur Wright Fish and Wildlife Area at Ind. 103 and Road 150N. Plans are to include a bridge under the Norfolk and Southern railroad trestle. Completion is anticipated before the end of 2013.
The $1.4 million in costs have come from grants and enhancement funds for design, engineering, construction and land acquisition. The construction of Phase 1 will be done by Milestone Contractors, L.P., with construction inspection handled by Butler, Fairman & Seufert Inc.