Karst Farm Greenway Nearly Complete

IMG_0084Phase I of the Karst Farm Greenway — a project that has been eight years (!!) in the making — is finally nearing completion. The Karst Farm Greenway forms the north-south backbone of Monroe County’s active transportation network.

I’ve provided some background about the greenway previously here. Phase I runs from Karst Farm Park at the south to Vernal Pike at the north, where it joins the trail that connects to the new northwest YMCA. The Karst Farm Greenway connects to the park, the YMCA, Ivy Tech, the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, and Highland Park and Grandview schools.

Although some of the finishes on the greenway (signage, etc.) won’t be complete, final surfacing is expected to be completed this Monday.

Here are a few snapshots I took on the Greenway on Thursday.

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Phase IIA of the project, which is also fully funded, extends the trail north to Loesch Road. Phase IIB of the project, which is not yet funded, extends the project north all of the way to Ellettsville.

Karst Farm Greenway Under Construction

After 8 long years of waiting, construction on the Karst Farm Greenway, the north-south backbone of Monroe County’s active transportation network, has finally begun.

I have written about the Karst Farm Greenway previously here:  Karst Farm Greenway Plans Advance. That posting includes some additional maps.

Phase I of the Greenway begins at Karst Farm Park to the south, and ends at the intersection of Loesch Road and West Vernal Pike to the north. The northern end of Phase I is just east of Innovation Court, where the new Northwest YMCA is located. A multiuse trail already exists that will connect the Karst Farm Greenway to the YMCA.

Here is a map of Phase I:

Karst Farm Greenway Phase 1
Karst Farm Greenway Phase 1

 

I am also including some photos of the construction of the greenway. This is the northern end, at Loesch and Vernal Pike, where the construction began (working from north to south). The asphalt at the bottom of the picture is the existing trail that connects to the YMCA.

Dave O’Mara is the contractor.

 

Northern End of Phase I, on Vernal Pike East of Innovation Court

Northern End of Phase I, on Vernal Pike East of Innovation Court

The trail continues south along Loesch Road, where it then cuts over to the west, to connect with Wayne’s Lane.

Karst Farm Greenway Along Loesch Before Wayne's Lane
Karst Farm Greenway Along Loesch Before Wayne’s Lane

The trail then cuts through the woods to Wayne’s Lane.

 

Connection from Loesch Road to Wayne's Lane
Connection from Loesch Road to Wayne’s Lane

 

The trail runs right up to the end of Wayne’s Lane. In the picture you can see where it gets very close to the house of a friend of mine. She would definitely prefer that it not be quite so close to her house. I am hoping the county will be able to plant more of a visual buffer when the project is complete.

 

Trail at Wayne's Lane
Trail at Wayne’s Lane

Then, the trail parallels Wayne’s Lane, running to Profile Parkway.

Wayne's Lane to Profile Parkway
Wayne’s Lane to Profile Parkway

The trail passes right by the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, on Profile Parkway.

 

Indiana Center for the Life Sciences
Indiana Center for the Life Sciences

Then the trail crosses and cuts west along Third Street, and then cuts back south along Cobblestone Street and then to Park Square Dr to West Gifford, to Endwright Road.

Trail Through W Gifford Road
Trail Through W Gifford Road

The trail runs down Endwright Road.

Trail Along Endwright Road
Trail Along Endwright Road

Finally, the trail turns from Endwright Road into Karst Farm Park, which will be the southern terminus of the Karst Farm Greenway.

Trail from Endwright Road Running Into Karst Farm Park
Trail from Endwright Road Running Into Karst Farm Park

All in all, this is great news for supporters of the trail!

Watch for more news on the Karst Farm Greenway soon, as the bid will likely be awarded in the next week or two for Phase IIA, which will go north along Loesch Road from Vernal Pike up to the railroad. I’ll post more news when that bid is awarded.

Karst Farm Greenway Plans Advance

Great news for the Monroe County active transportation network! Monroe County Government received final certification from INDOT that the right-of-way for Phase 1 of the Karst Farm Greenway has been completely acquired. This means that bids can be opened on July 10, 2013, with construction to follow immediately thereafter. If the weather cooperates, we could be using the trail by the end of the year.

Karst Greenway Phase 1The Karst Farm Greenway will form the north-south backbone of the County’s active transportation network. Phase 1 will run from Karst Farm Park at the south to Vernal Pike at the north, and will connect many sites and amenities on the west side of the county, including Karst Farm Park, Grandview and Highland Park Elementary Schools, Ivy Tech State College, the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, and the new YMCA.

Karst Farm Greenway Phase 1
Karst Farm Greenway Phase 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This moment has been long in the making. The trail should have been under construction by 2010 — but several complicated land acquisition issues delayed it for several years. Plans for Phase IIA — the next phase of the trail that continues north to Loesch Road are proceeding much more quickly. In any case, this milestone means very good news for the residents of Monroe County!