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post Aug 8 2017, 06:26 PM
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Part of Calumet Trail Temporarily Closed Through October

POSTED BY REGION NEWS TEAM ON JULY 26, 2017 | 10:02 AM IN LOCAL NEWS, REGION NEWS

Region residents are reminded that a four-and-a-half mile section of the Calumet Trail adjacent to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Porter County is closed until the end of October so Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) can replace and upgrade an underground natural gas line. The temporary closure affects the part from East State Park Boundary Road to Mineral Springs Road. The pedestrian crossing from the South Shore Dune Park Station to the Indiana Dunes State park remains open, but is within the construction work zone. NIPSCO says the new natural gas line is being installed to provide safer and more reliable service to area residents and businesses in the future.

Once that work is complete, upgrades to the Calumet Trail are planned that include raising and paving the trail between Mineral Springs Road to just past the South Shore Dune State Park station. Officials say significant funding from the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) and the Regional Development Authority (RDA) make these upgrades possible and work may begin as early as 2018.

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post Jul 7 2018, 08:59 AM
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Calumet Trail to get fixes now, improvements later

Doug Ross

VALPARAISO — The Calumet Trail, a key east-west component of the Region’s trail system, will get some needed fixes soon, but long-term improvements are still a few years away.

The Porter County Park Board voted Thursday night to spend $4,850 to address washouts along the trail.

That represents the last of the money that was set aside for a covered bridge that once stood along the trail.

Federal money for trail improvements is likely coming in three years, depending on whether other projects become more urgent, parks Superintendent Walter Lenckos said.

When reconstruction of the trail begins, it will become an asphalt trail that sheds water, Lenckos said.

The 9.1-mile Calumet Trail is on land owned by NIPSCO, but it’s considered a part of the Porter County parks system.

The trail was shut down while NIPSCO built a pipeline along the trail, but it has reopened for pedestrians and bicycles.

Park Board President Craig Kenworthy asked why the county maintains the trail when it’s owned by NIPSCO.

“It’s part of a partnership that dates back quite a long time,” board member David Canright said.

The National Park Service has been “very generous” with staff help, Lenckos said.

Indiana Dunes Tourism has contributed money for signage, too, Canright said.

“The partnership has lots of tentacles. It’s a little like throwing a penny in the water and seeing what tentacles come up,” Canright said.

The repairs, and subsequent federal improvements, will focus on the heavily traveled west end of the trail, near Mount Baldy.

“That leaves the question of what we’re going to do with the other eight miles,” Canright said. But if there are no problems with the remainder of the trail, that might not be an issue, he said.
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