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Thursday, September 20, 2018 1:00 am

I&M installs amenities on Rivergreenway

Trail along Spy Run gets bike repair station, trees

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Indiana Michigan Power said Wednesday it has added amenities to the Rivergreenway along Spy Run Extended, including a bicycle repair station in the area.

The utility company, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, installed the repair station and two benches on the popular trail after completing its $74 million “Powering Up Central” transmission project.

I&M contractors also planted 10 trees and spread more than 88 pounds of pollinator seed to grow grasses and flowers attractive to insects and animals that help enhance the ecosystem, according to a news release.

The bike repair station, west of Parnell Avenue, includes tools and an air pump secured to a stand. The station includes the tools needed for basic repairs and maintenance, such as changing a flat and adjusting brakes and derailleurs. Cyclists can use the station's hangar arms to allow the pedals and wheels to spin while making repairs.

I&M also planted 10 autumn brilliance trees near the entrance to Johnny Appleseed Park. Autumn brilliance, named for its colorful fall foliage, is sometimes known as a Juneberry tree for the name of the berries it produces in the summer. In spring, the tree bursts with white flowers.

Farther south of Spy Run Extended, I&M contractors spread seed for grasses, flowers and cover crop.

I&M's additions to the Rivergreenway are in conjunction to the Powering Up Central: City of Fort Wayne project, which enhances the area's transmission system, according to the news release.

The project included rebuilding a transmission line along Spy Run Extended and the St. Joseph River. As part of the project, I&M replaced older lattice towers with monopoles.

As part of the project to enhance reliability, I&M said it removed several invasive trees that impeded the growth of native species.

“I&M appreciated the patience of Rivergreenway users when a section of the trail was closed last year during construction of the project,” Kim Sabrosky, I&M external affairs manager, said in a statement.

“The company is pleased to be able to support the Rivergreenway and Spy Run Extended area as part of the project that helps ensure the reliable delivery of safe, affordable energy for many years into the future.”