By Joseph Dits South Bend Tribune
Indiana plans to infuse $90 million into new trails over the next few years. Announced last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb, the money is aimed at hiking, biking and horseback riding trails that fill in the gaps between existing trails and communities.
We can only guess for now, but one that might be a candidate is the Marquette Greenway, which would link the 58 miles from Chicago to New Buffalo, cruising by the dunes and Lake Michigan.
This project has the kind of collaboration that the state will be seeking since so many communities, companies and nonprofit organizations are involved, pledging a collective $11 million for the 30 miles that have yet to be built, says Mitch Barloga, active transportation manager for the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission.
A few million dollars from the state, he says, could help the communities to come up with their match, boosting the area’s application for about $23 million from a federal program called BUILD. Word on that grant may come by year’s end.
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