The Burns Harbor
Redevelopment Commission is a finalist for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP)
grant it applied for to fund its portion of the Marquette Greenway Trail.
Consultant Tina Rongers reported at the RDC meeting Wednesday that the grant
application she sent on the Commissionís behalf was one of three projects
selected for federal review in the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) from
the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant provides an 80/20 match amd
the Town must put up a minimum of $50,000 toward the project.
Rongers said it was
beneficial for the Town to apply for the grant while it is still acquiring
land for the trail because land acquisition and providing trail amenities,
like the ones the Town has already planned for, give an applicant a better
shot at the funds.
that upon federal approval, the grant would offset the cost of the Marquette
Greenway by $168,000.
Letter to RDA
approved SEH Engineer Glenn Peterson to send a letter of intent to request
grant funds from the Regional Development Authority. The letter to the RDA
contains asks for enough funding to cover the entire Burns Harbor portion of
the Marquette Greenway, along with utilities at the Food Truck Square site
and ideas for the undeveloped 28-acres connected to it. Peterson said the
letter does not pose a specific number for the total cost of these projects
but is more exploratory and explains to the RDA what Burns Harbor is working
Peterson said the
proposed alignment for the Marquette Greenway has changed in a move that
could lower the project cost by $3 million to $5 million because the new
alignment doesnít cross the Little Calumet River. The new proposed route is
also shorter and farther south, making it more accessible for residents.
Peterson said the savings come from the construction costs alone, now that a
river crossing isnít needed, and less trail will be built.
SEH is finishing up
the environmental study on the new alignment. Peterson said once the field
work for the environmental study is done, SEH can begin the topographic
survey, another element of the environmental document. The environmental
document, which will also contain archeological and historical evaluations
of the proposed route, then needs to be approved by the Indiana Dunes
National Park and INDOT. Peterson said the document will be ready for that
review in three to six months.