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Area nature trails get $3.3 million

The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded $3.3 million in Transportation Enhancement funds to five projects in northeast Indiana, according to a written statement from INDOT.

Pufferbelly Trail in Fort Wayne

A $967,166 award to the city will pay for construction of the Pufferbelly Trail, an extension of the Rivergreenway system.

The multi-use trail will begin at the intersection of Fourth and Clinton streets and extend north to Fernhill Avenue. A spur from the primary trail will travel west to Franke Park, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and Franke Park Elementary School.

Rieke Park trail in DeKalb County

A $512,000 award to the city of Auburn will finance construction of the 1.2-mile Rieke Park Recreational Trail.

The project begins near the intersection of North and Indiana streets and continues north through Rieke Park to Betz Road. The project also includes drinking fountains, benches, bicycle racks and landscaping.

Pumpkinvine trail in LaGrange County

A $517,530 award to the town of Shipshewana will help pay for a 4.6-mile segment of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail from the Elkhart-LaGrange county line to the Shipshewana Visitors Center. The project also includes signs, benches, bike racks and trash containers.

Nature trail in Elkhart County

A $300,854 award to Elkhart County will help finance construction of a 2.4-mile segment of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail from York Drive in Middlebury eastward to the Elkhart-LaGrange county line. The project includes signs, benches and trash containers.

Trail segment in Elkhart County

A $999,489 award to the town of Middlebury will pay for construction of a 1.2-mile segment of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. This portion of the trail begins at Wayne Street and extends to U.S. 20. The project includes signs, bike racks, benches and trash containers.