GOSHEN — Elkhart County Commissioners Monday gave their blessing to a $53,597 contract with Elkhart-based design and consulting firm Jones Petrie Rafinski for work related to the construction of the county’s portion of a new bike path along C.R. 15.
According to Jay Grossman, project engineer with the Elkhart County Highway Department, the idea for the bike path was first raised by the Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission, which would like to construct a the path along C.R. 15 between C.R. 6 and C.R. 10. The commission in May approved an appropriation of $690,000 to fund the overall cost of the project. The Elkhart County Council also voted in favor of the appropriation during its June 14 meeting.
In addition to the county’s participation, the project also involves a cooperative effort with the city of Elkhart, which is planning on constructing a new water main along the same route. Grossman said it made sense to do both projects at once in order to minimize the disruption to the area.
“The Redevelopment Commission would like to put a bike path along C.R. 15 between C.R. 10 on the south side and C.R. 6 on the north side, and that would tie into the bike path that already exists along C.R. 10,” Grossman said. “The plan is to take it north, where it will pick up the Timberstone development and some others developments on the west side, and eventually end up at Eastwood Elementary School. That will give access to all those developments there down to the existing path along C.R. 10, and it also gives school kids a better way to get from those subdivisions there up to Eastwood Elementary.”
Grossman said the plan is to have the project bid out by early July, as the city would like to get its water main project started as soon as possible. A completion date for the project has been set for around September or October of this year.