Dyer dedicating abandoned rail line for possible bike trail

2012-11-05T00:05:00Z Dyer dedicating abandoned rail line for possible bike trailMary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 05, 2012 12:05 am  • 

DYER | Formal steps have begun in a process that may one day give Dyer a bike trail.

Norfolk Southern has formally moved to abandon its rail line in Dyer, a decision town officials were briefed about beforehand.

The town also will initiate a rail bank, a procedure which sets aside abandoned rail line right of way for future use.

The town would like to build a bike path and would be eligible to do so because of the line’s proximity to the Pennsy-Greenway path, now under construction in Munster and Schererville.

However, such a trail would likely be years in the making, officials have warned.

The railroad will be abandoning 2.3 miles of track in Dyer, between Calumet Avenue and the town line. The company also owns three miles of adjacent track in Illinois.

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