On behalf of Speedway Trails Association and the Central Indiana Community Foundation, here is an update on activities in Marion County (for areas east of Girls School Road and east of Speedway). Click the title to learn more.
B&O TRAIL ANNOUNCEMENTS –
- Tree Cutting - Sometime between now and March 31st, minimal tree cuttings will be completed to remove the large trees from the location of the future trail. The remaining invasive undergrowth and trees will be cleared when construction begins.
- Construction Schedule - Construction is scheduled for completion by December 2022 but the Speedway Trails Assoc and its design team are pushing to complete construction as soon as the City and DNR will allow. We will provide an updated construction timeline when we are able.
- Trail Clean-up – Keep an eye out for future clean up dates. We are developing a culture of trail advocacy to engage residents in the long-term support and cleanliness of this trail corridor. We will continue to schedule and host B&O Trail corridor clean-ups to overcome the long-standing history of dumping that has taken place on the B&O Trail corridor.
2020 Recap – B&O Trail Project Progress in Marion County (for areas east of Girls School Road and east of Speedway)
- Land acquisition is 96% complete on the Near West section
- 65 adjacent property owners were personally introduced to the project and were overwhelmingly supportive
- Design and engineering documents will be reviewed by the City and State by the end of February 2021
- Trail construction schedule will be announced once confirmed by City and State
- WCDC, Indy Convergence and Speedway Trails collaborated to host multiple trail clean up events last fall and this winter and will continue to engage the residents in future events.
- IPL Charitable Contribution request is being developed to request financial support for lighting the trail
- Speedway Arts Council applied for the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant for mural installation in 465 tunnel (Far West)
- B&O Trail Association has re-submitted the grant for the second round of NLT funding to complete Marion County connection on the Far West. If successful, the B&O Trail will become a 17.5 mile trail connecting White River Parkway, future Michigan Street improvements, the Near West, the Town of Speedway, the Far Westside of Marion County to the middle of Hendricks County. The DNR has not identified a date when second round grant awards will be announced.