Work on C.P. trailhead picks up after winter hiatus

By: Susan Erler, NWI Times

CROWN POINT – Work began anew this month on a trailhead being built at Summit Street entrance to the Erie-Lackawanna Trail.

Construction started late last year but halted for the winter on the approximately $700,000 project to build a shelter and other amenities to enhance the trail entrance.

A late spring completion was targeted.

The Summit Street access point to the trail will be closed Monday though Wendesday because of the construction, city officials said.

Planned at the site, on the north side of Summit Street west of Main Street, are a red-roofed shelter designed to mimic a train station, a restroom and a paved lot for up to 20 vehicles, replacing what had been makeshift parking on bare ground.

A $697,800 bid for the work was awarded in August to Gary-based Gariup Construction by the Indiana Department of Transportation. Funding is from the federal transportation enhancement dollars and a city match of $139,500.

The city’s match is from redevelopment dollars, generated by tax increment financing districts.

The trailhead is a collaboration by the city and the Indiana Department of Transportation, which oversees the work.

The completed project will makr the first enhanced access point to the Crown Point leg of the Erie-Lackawanna Trail.

A second trailhead with a shelter and picnic area is planned near the 93rd Avenue entry to the trail.

A roundabout, or circular intersection, is to be constructed at the site as part of the estimated $1.7 million project, replacing the existing L-shape intersection of 93rd Avenue and Chase Street.

The 93rd Avenue trailhead and roundabout are to be funded using federal Surface TransportationProgram dollars with a 20 percent local math. Work could start late this year.

The Crown Point leg of the Erie-Lackawanna Trail was completed in 2010, funded by 80 percent federal dollars and a combination of other sources. The full trail runs along an abandoned rail line between Crown Point and Hammond.