HAMMOND — Bicyclists may soon have a new route in getting around the city.
The city, in collaboration with the Sanitary District and the city's Redevelopment Commission, is planning to construct a bicycle trail from downtown to the Grand Marquette Trail, according to a release from the city.
The connection will ultimately connect the trails from South Hammond through to Wolf Lake and a loop around the Irving Park neighborhood.
The project is expected to cost $1.5 million. On Tuesday, the Redevelopment Commission approved a resolution committing $500,000 in tax increment financing money to the project.
The City Council will be asked for another $500,000 in gaming revenue for the project.
Next Tuesday, the Sanitary District board will consider a resolution that could provide the rest of the funding needed.
The district agreed to perform a state supplemental environmental project as part of a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designed to reduce discharges from the system into the area's waterways.
The district plan involves spending $500,000 to construct the bike trail with bio-swale drainage to reduce storm water runoff.
The path with bio-swale drainage is designed with landscape elements built to concentrate or remove pollutants from surface runoff water.