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NIRPC seeks federal grant to complete Marquette Greenway

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The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) has submitted a federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to complete the remaining 30 miles of the Marquette Greenway.

The Marquette Greenway is a planned 58-mile off-road trail facility from Calumet Park in Chicago through Northwest Indiana to New Buffalo, Mich.

To date approximately 28 miles have either been built or funded.

This TIGER grant seeks to finish the rest of the trail by completing segments in South Chicago, Hammond, East Chicago, Gary, Portage, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Porter County, Michigan City, and New Buffalo.

Upon completion, the Marquette Greenway would link the east and west landholdings of the National Lakeshore, and provide numerous connections with established trail facilities in Illinois and Indiana.

NIRPC received an overwhelming number of support letters--72 in all--from both the public and private sector stakeholders.

This project has been planned and pursued aggressively since the release of the 2009 Marquette Greenway Poster Plan, which introduced the proposed route to the public. Since then over $80 million has been invested towards the creation of the Greenway, with most being awarded by the NWI Regional Development Authority in Whiting, Hammond, and Portage.

NIRPC has created a project webpage with all application submissions, including an extensive resource library of plans, studies and concept ideas created over the last decade. The public may access this site at

For further information on the federal TIGER project, visit

“TIGER grants are extremely competitive, with roughly 5 percent selected from all submissions each year,” NIRPC said. “The FY 2107 awardees are expected to be announced in late 2017, or early 2018.”



Posted 10/26/2017




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