A ribbon cutting took place Wednesday afternoon to mark the opening of a new bridge and trail section on West Hamilton Road in southwest Allen County.
A new reinforced concrete bridge replaces the previous single-span bridge just south of State Route 14 across the Beal Taylor Ditch.
Construction of the .4-mile trail section completes the five-mile trail loop along Covington, Illinois, Scott, and Hamilton Roads, that was part of the “Oprah’s Big Give” campaign goals.
“It’s always a good thing when we can combine projects like this for the benefit of our citizens,” Commissioner Therese Brown said. “We appreciate the patience of those who regularly travel on this road so we could provide a new trail section and a safer bridge.”
“Filling gaps in the trail system for connectivity is a priority for Fort Wayne Trails,” said Kent Castleman, executive director of Fort Wayne Trails. “We appreciate partners like the Allen County Commissioners and Highway Department who are willing to make an investment in the system to help fill gaps like this one.”
During Wednesday’s ceremony, Fort Wayne Trails presented a $100,000 check to the Board of Commissioners from their fundraising efforts. The organization successfully applied for funding for the Pufferbelly Trail from the Bicentennial Nature Trust (BNT), in addition to a portion of the fundraising dollars raised in the recent “100 Mile Campaign.”
The BNT was created to preserve and protect important conservation and recreation areas throughout Indiana by matching donations of land or dollars.