GOSHEN — IU Health Goshen Hospital, Goshen College and the city have partnered in an effort to connect the Winona Trail to Main Street and potentially alleviate some of the hospital’s parking woes.
Goshen’s Board of Public Works awarded a bid to construct a concrete trail to Square 1 Builders on Monday, May 6, for the contract price of $69,852.59.
City engineer Mary Cripe said the trail will come off the Winona Trail at the southern boundary of the college’s property and run north before coming to the intersection of Main Street and Westwood Road.
The three entities are each bringing resources to the table.
The hospital and Goshen College will grant easements across their respective properties to provide the land for the project. The college will also accept new lighting along the trail for maintenance and IU Health Goshen made a significant financial donation to ensure the path is concrete rather than limestone.
The city will also be funding a portion of the project.
A path connecting the Winona Trail and Main Street was first discussed early this year while the hospital was requesting additional street parking to combat the overflow of vehicles.
It was in those January meetings that IU Health Goshen representatives and neighborhood residents suggested the trail be constructed.
The connection would allow for hospital employees to park at an IU Health Goshen facility south of the main campus and walk to work, breaking up some of the parking congestion the hospital is currently experiencing.
The hospital was granted temporary parking along High Park Avenue in January until June 30, or until the path is complete.
Cripe said the contractor and subcontractor hope to begin work next week and expect construction of the path to be complete by the time the temporary parking expires.