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IN-MI River Valley Trail inches forward

Posted by Paul Taylor on October 22, 2010

The Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail, is an assemblage of separately built and managed trails. It will someday extend from Mishawaka, IN to Niles, MI and developers continue to make herky-jerky progress toward its completion. Some futurists envision the day when it will run from Elkhart, IN to Berrien Springs, MI, and even all the way to Lake Michigan.

Notable progress has been made recently.

Dead end? Yes, but progress is being made.

A section in Niles has just opened which extends the trail southward from downtown Niles to the Fort/3rd Sts. intersection. A ribbon cutting will be held October 30th at 10:00 am at Niles’ River Front Park.

In South Bend, IN, extension of the section known as the Northside Trail is in the planning stage. A public hearing was held a few months ago. Based on public comments, planners have fine tuned the plan and a second public hearing will be held at 6:00 pm on October 27th at the River Park Branch Library at 2022 Mishawaka Ave. The extension will more-or-less parallel Northside Blvd. from 21st Street to Logan St. where it will link up with Mishawaka’s Riverwalk.

Another Dead End? Yes, but hopefully not in a few years

The section from Roseland, IN northward to the state line, known as the LaSalle Trail, received a boost this summer. A trail study was done at Cleveland Rd. and at Darden Rd. The Cleveland Rd. crossing has been especially worrisome because it is a busy 4-lane road, and some people thought an expensive pedestrian bridge might be required.  The good news is that the Indiana Department of Transportation has approved a ‘user activated signal’ crossing. The bike/ped signal will be tied into the signals at IN-933 and Cleveland: the crossing will also include some type of motorist warning at the Cleveland curve just to the west. Money for the crossing, estimated at only $200 to $300 thousand is a fraction of the cost of a bridge, and will be much easier to come by. Since the St. Joseph County Parks department already owns virtually all of the LaSalle Trail land, it is hoped construction can start as early as 2013.

More information is available at IN-MI River Valley Trail page of the Southwest Michigan Plan Commission.

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2 Responses to “IN-MI River Valley Trail inches forward”

  1. Marcy Colclough said

    I love the “Trail Ends” sign! We need to get that connection to Indiana along the old railroad through Niles Township! We have some very dedicated people working on this – it will happen!

  2. Paul Taylor said

    I love that sign too…it speaks volumes. Kind of a pebble in our boot to keep us on our toes and moving forward.

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