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March 22, 2013

Section of Pumpkinvine to be closed temporarily

A section of the Pumpkinevine Nature trail will be closed for several months from the crossing of Ind. 13 at York Drive to C.R. 43.  

Construction of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between York Drive and the end of the current trail east of the Dairy Queen in Middlebury will close a major gap in the trail. Unfortunately, that construction will create a work area along Ind. 13 and east to C.R. 43 that will make the trail inaccessible and unsafe for trail users.

As a result, the three organization responsible for the construction, Elkhart County Parks (the managing agency), Indiana Department of Transportation (the funding agency) and Walsh and Kelly (the construction firm), have decided to close the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail from the Ind. 13 to C.R. 43 from this Monday until construction is finished. Construction is scheduled to be finished by the end of May.

“The closing is necessary because trail construction is happening at the same time State Road 13 will be resurfaced from C.R. 14 past the Dairy Queen to State Road 4, making it impossible to have trail traffic exit onto State Road 13,” said Scott Van Ommeran, superintendent of Elkhart County Parks.

“We do not want people continuing west past County Road 43 and getting to the end of the trail with nowhere to go,” Van Ommeran said. “The liability of allowing people to blaze their own trail through the construction zone or across private property is too high. After discussion of alternatives to closing the trail, Elkhart County Parks, INDOT and Walsh and Kelly agreed that they could not provide temporary access across private property in order to keep the trail open during construction.”

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