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Indiana Dunes State Park

Lake Michigan shore at Indiana Dunes State Park.

INDIANAPOLIS — A dilapidated boardwalk on a hiking trail at Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton soon will be rebuilt.

The State Budget Committee has approved spending nearly $400,000 to reconstruct the half-mile boardwalk on Trail 2 in the southeastern quadrant of the 2,182-acre park along the south edge of Lake Michigan.

The current boardwalk, which allows hikers to pass over and observe wildlife in the marsh, was built more than 30 years ago. 

It was "temporarily" closed after officials with the state park division of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources deemed it unusable.

According to the DNR, the new boardwalk will be constructed in a way that protects the natural wetlands below the trail.

In addition, it will comply with the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Three LaPorte County projects totaling $1.2 million also were approved Tuesday by the legislative and executive branch panel that's required to sign off on major state agency spending.

That money will be used to replace sliding cell doors, drives and controls at the Westville Correctional Facility, modernize the high voltage electrical grid at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City and construct a pole barn for maintenance equipment at the Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area.

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Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.