Bikers in Elkhart County may soon have new ground to cover.
The City of Elkhart and Elkhart County are putting together plans to construct a bike path on the east side of C.R. 15 that stretches between C.R. 6 and C.R. 10.
At its monthly meeting Thursday, May 22, the Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission approved an appropriation of $690,000 from the Northeast Corridor Tax Increment Financing District to fund the county’s portion of the project.
Ken Jones of Jones Petrie Rafinski said the project was initiated and fast-tracked in the past 60 days because it will coincide with the City of Elkhart’s water main project in the same location.
“The city is already doing construction in that corridor, so this will be in addition to that. It’s not just one entity bearing the burden of the whole cost,” Jones said.
The plan will also include pedestrian crossing upgrades along the route and a 5- to 8-foot tree line between the road and the path. The goal is to see the project bid by July 1 and completed by the end of the year, Jones said.
The project will be bid and administered through the county and the city.
The plan will require final approval by the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners and the Elkhart County Council.