CROWN POINT | Work could begin by late next month on a planned trailhead at the Summit Street entrance to the Erie-Lackawanna bike path, transportation officials said.
A $697,800 bid for the work was awarded Aug. 7 to Gary-based Gariup Construction by the Indiana Department of Transportation, agency spokesman Matt Deitchley said.
Gariup was low bidder for the work, Deitchley said.
The trailhead is a collaboration by the city and the Indiana Department of Transportation, which oversees the work. The bid award requires consent by Crown Point officials for the project to proceed.
Planned at the site are a restroom, paved parking for up to 20 vehicles and a red-roofed shelter designed to mimic a train station exterior.
Federal transportation enhancement funding of up to $634,000 is in place to cover the cost of the project.
Construction could start by late September and is expected to be done by spring, said Jake Dammarall, with the firm Butler Fairman Seufert, engineer on the project.
A second Crown Point trailhead is planned as part of a more complex proposal for the 93rd Avenue entrance to the bike path.
A roundabout, or circular roadway, would replace the existing L-shaped intersection of 93rd Avenue and Chase Street, which is north of the Lake County Government Complex, as part of the project expected to begin late next year.
A trailhead with a shelter and tree-shaded picnic area are planned at that bike path entrance.
The roughly $1.7 million project is to be funded mostly by the federal Surface Transportation program, with a 20 percent local funding match.
The full Erie-Lackawanna Trail runs along an abandoned rail line between Crown Point and Hammond.