PORTAGE | Construction of the Northside Trail has wrapped up for the season, less than two months after it officially began.
Portage Director of Public Works A.J. Monroe said work on the project has been completed this year, but that additional work, primarily landscaping, will have to be done in the spring.
The 1.13-mile-long hiking/biking/jogging/walking trail is on the west side of Ind. 249, north of Interstate 94. The trail runs along streets, over wetlands and into the wooded area of the city's business park.
It is also linked across Ind. 249 to the AmeriPlex at the Port business park and has a trail head at the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission building.
The trail offers a combination of surfaces from pavement to a concrete boardwalk over the wetlands to a half-mile-long soft surface pedestrian trail.
The cost of the project is $884,000. Of that, 80 percent is federally funded with a 20 percent local funding match. The trail is being constructed by Walsh & Kelly, of Griffith.