The Porter County Commissioners sent a request to the County Council for the
appropriation of funds for an engineering study on the Calumet Trail at
their meeting Tuesday.
Council approval is necessary to get the funds out of the federal and state
reimbursement money for the trail only because the $195,000 in the bank has
been dormant so long. The council is expected to approve the release of the
money and may even be required to do so.
The money will then be used to get an engineering design to correct the
flooding problem that can make the trail unusable after heavy rainfall.
Initially the trail was engineered to allow water to run north, toward the
lake, but the methods and materials that were used were not appropriate and
the design has failed, Porter County Park Superintendent Walter Lenckos
The goal is to raise and pave between two to four miles of the trail so the
water drains into the wetlands and allows the trail to be used year-round.
Resurfacing the trail, which is now hard-packed dirt and gravel, would also
make it more conducive to running, hiking, biking and cross country skiing,
“We want to find out exactly what the improvements are going to be and how
much they are going to cost, he said. “The last study was done a number of
years ago, we need more details.”