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.

IMG_0082 IMG_0096 IMG_0095 IMG_0093 IMG_0092 IMG_0090 IMG_0088 IMG_0087 IMG_0086 IMG_0085 IMG_0084 IMG_0083 IMG_0103 IMG_0102 IMG_0100 IMG_0099 IMG_0097

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 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!