Hobart officials approve $240K for bike path

2013-10-14T20:52:00Z 2013-10-14T22:29:07Z Hobart officials approve $240K for bike pathDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The Hobart Park Board on Monday set the wheels in motion  to start the final phase of the  Oak Savannah bike trail.

"It's the missing section," City Engineer Phil Gralik said.

The board first approved $240,000 in additional federal funding for the bike trail then awarded a $143,962 construction contract to Short, Elliott, Hendrickson of Munster.

A pre-construction meeting on the final phase work has been set for Oct. 23, Gralik said. Right of way clearance will begin this fall.

Other work will continue, weather permitting, to complete the trail in the spring, Gralik said.

Changes in the trail design increased costs. So city officials asked for and received the additional $240,000 in federal funding.

The total portion of federal funding for the project is $1.2 million

The city's portion of the project is approximately $305,000, an amount already paid, Gralik said.

The work will start at Linda Street, near the American Legion, and end at Cleveland Street and Ind. 130 near the Porter County line, officials said.

Features of the trail will include a doggie water fountain which can be used by pets as well as individuals wanting to fill water bottles.

Other plans include construction of a pavilion near Pennsy Park, which will include bathrooms, picnic tables and benches.

This phase of the path is being funding by an 80/20 grant in which 80 percent is paid for by the federal government and the remainder by the city.

Resident Zeta Allen congratulated the board.

"We are finally going to see this trail finalized. Hallelujah," Allen said.

Park Board member Thomas Ehrhardt Jr. agreed.

"It will be a nice addition," he said.

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