HAMMOND | Work is scheduled to begin this week on the next link in a network of hiking and biking trails to connect Northwest Indiana with the Chicago Loop.
The new phase will join the recently opened pedestrian bridge over Indianapolis Boulevard with the George Lake and Lost Marsh trails at the Hammond Environmental Education Center on Calumet Avenue.
Funded through federal grants and the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, Walsh & Kelly Construction, of Griffith, was awarded a contract by the Hammond Board of Public Works and Safety for a lowest bid of $395,245.
"This is the latest segment in the city's dedicated bike trail system," City Engineer Stan Dostatni said.
Construction is expected to be completed by early September, Dostatni said.
Work is scheduled to begin later this year on a Wolf Lake trail along the western side of the lake to connect Hammond's system with the Burnham Greenway network in Illinois at 112th Street.
Ultimately, the planned Marquette Greenway Trail would provide a continuous path for non-motorized transportation from Millennium Park in Chicago to New Buffalo, Mich.