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New trails advancing on north, west sides of Fort Wayne

City works board chips in its share

– FORT WAYNE -- Two more trails are getting closer to reality after approvals Wednesday by the Board of Public Works.

Board members unanimously approved a $34,000 agreement with DLZ for environmental studies and permitting along a 1.25-mile stretch of the Pufferbelly Trail between Dupont Road and Carroll Road.

About a half-mile of the trail is within the city; the rest is in Allen County, which is sharing the cost of the work. The city portion of this agreement is $10,000.

Trails Manager Dawn Ritchie said design work is about 70 percent complete. She expects construction to be bid in the spring and take place next summer.

The board also approved a $31,250 contract with DLZ for the right-of-way process for a section of the Covington Road Trail between the entrance to Sycamore Hills Golf Club and Hamilton Road.

The federal government is paying for 80 percent of the project; the local match is being paid for by the Vera Bradley Foundation through a gift to Fort Wayne Trails Inc., Ritchie said.

Officials hope to bid construction next fall.

The board also approved a $25,916 contract with Key Concrete to reconstruct a small retaining wall at Cass Street and State Boulevard, one block east of Wells. The wall on the southeast corner of the intersection is leaning and will be rebuilt; similar to work done on the retaining wall west of Wells.

Officials said the work is expected to be completed by Nov. 15.