SCHERERVILLE | Residents excited about the extension of the Pennsy Greenway trail in Schererville might have to wait about a year before construction begins.
"A lot goes into these projects," Schererville Parks Superintendent John Novacich said.
Novacich said he has been working with the Indiana Department of Transportation and the DLZ engineering firm to extend the trail from 213th Street to Main Street.
Town Councilman Kevin Connelly said there are many residents excited about completing the trail, which will link to Munster.
It's difficult to pinpoint when the construction will start because there are many steps that must take place before that work begins.
Novacich said the town will be as aggressive as it can with the project schedule.
He said Schererville received a grant for the first phase of its Pennsy Greenway project in 2007. That phase, which created a route from Rohrman Park to the downtown area, was finished in 2011.
Novacich said the town must acquire right of way for the second phase, and he has been in contact with Town Attorney David Austgen about the process.
There will be an analysis and appraisals of properties and public hearings before land acquisition begins, Novacich said.
The town will be sensitive to those who live near the trail extension area, he said. Through landscaping, Schererville would create buffers and screenings of adjacent properties.
The third phase of the town's Pennsy Greenway project involves creating a trail from downtown Schererville to 213th Street.
Town Manager Bob Volkmann said it will be challenging to identify a viable corridor to acquire right of way to extend the trail in that area.