Schererville pursuing bike trail extensions, enhancements

2013-07-16T18:30:00Z 2013-08-26T19:10:13Z Schererville pursuing bike trail extensions, enhancementsChas Reilly, (219) 662-5324

SCHERERVILLE | Schererville is exploring projects to enhance access to the Erie Lackawanna bike trail and extend the Pennsy Greenway path.

On Monday, Robinson Engineering presented various solutions it developed to improve safety for residents traveling to the Erie Lackawanna Trail from the Foxwood Estates and Foxwood Villas neighborhoods.

Town officials said residents there don't have a direct route to access the trail. Some bikers travel on Burr Street, which has heavy traffic that can cause safety issues for bikers.

One resident initially questioned the need for a new path and asked why bikers don't pack up their bikes in their cars and drive to a trailhead.

Multiple Foxwood residents who have children said their vehicles aren't large enough to carry bikes for their entire family, so biking to the trail is necessary.

After lengthy discussion, most residents at the meeting supported an option creating a path starting at 70th Avenue and heading south on Burr Street.

The path would travel west through property behind homes on Falcon Drive and connect to the trail. The estimated construction cost of the project is $139,000.

Town Manager Bob Volkmann said the Schererville Town Council or Park Board officially would select which option the town will pursue. Robinson Engineering will complete a more detailed study and design of that option.

The Erie Lackawanna Trail isn't the only bike path receiving attention in Schererville.

The town received $800,000 in federal funding for the second phase of extending the Pennsy Greenway trail from downtown Schererville to 213th Street, Parks Superintendent John Novacich said.

Volkmann said it will be challenging to identify a viable corridor to acquire right of way to extend the trail.

Novacich anticipates months of planning that will involve public sessions about the project.

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