Wolf Lake Memorial Park Pedestrian Bridge

A rendition of the proposed Wolf Lake Memorial Park pedestrian bridge.

HAMMOND — A small portion of the George Lake Trail will be closed starting Friday as construction begins on a project that will include a pedestrian bridge crossing Calumet Avenue, according to a news release from the city of Hammond. 

The bridge is part of the Wolf Lake Memorial Park Enhancement, Expansion, and Connectivity Construction Project.

A section of the trail from the Environmental Education Center south to the 125th Trail will be closed for construction. The crosswalk on the west side of 125th Street and the small parking lot on the east side of 125th Street and Calumet Avenue will also close as a safety precaution, the release said. 

The remainder of trails and parking lots will remain open until further notice. The launch ramp is also scheduled to remain open until the end of the season.

Some major components of the project, according to the city, include relocation of 100-year-old water mains that used to run along Old Sheffield Avenue, the expansion of parking lots to north and south of the New Sheffield Parkway, enhancements to the trails through and around the Pavilion Park Area. The project will also include new ticket booths, decorative wrought iron fencing around the perimeter of the concert area along with a pedestrian gathering area outside of the dedicated concert area.

This bridge will offer a safe means for pedestrians and cyclists to cross Calumet Avenue, according to city officials. It is scheduled to be completed summer 2018. 

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Ed has been with The Times since January 2014. He previously covered government affairs for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Florida. Prior to Scripps, he was with the Chicago Regional Bureau of Copley News Service.