Duneland Trail is looking to get some brand-new signage, under a regional
initiative spearheaded by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning
At its meeting
Tuesday night, the Chesterton Park Board voted unanimously to authorize
Superintendent Bruce Mathias and Town Engineer Mark O’Dell to work with
NIRPC’s project engineer, Alta Planning + Design, to design up to $12,000 of
wayfaring signage for installation on the trail.
That $12,000 would
be the Town of Chesterton’s match for an 80/20 federal grant under NIRPC’s
Unified Trail Wayfaring Project, O’Dell reported to the board in a memo.
The following signs
would be designed:
* A double-sided
welcome sign, one side reading “Welcome to Chesterton,” the other “Welcome
to Portage,” to be installed somewhere in the area of the Prairie Duneland
Trail’s bridge over Ind. 149. The total estimated cost of the sign: $20,000.
Of that, the 20-percent local match of $4,000 would be split between
Chesterton and Portage.
* A vehicular trail
sign, to be installed at the South 15th Street entrance to the trail.
* Two pedestrian
directional signs, one installed on the trail at 23rd Street, the other at
South Jackson Blvd.
* Three pedestrian
regulatory signs, to be installed where the trail crosses Babcock Road,
Pearson Road, and South 19th Street.
* And six mile
markers, one installed at every half mile along Chesterton’s stretch of the
“These are federal
monies and we don’t get an 80/20 match that often, so now would be the time
to spend the ($12,000) and get more bang for our local dollars,” O’Dell
super-nice signs,” Mathias said for his part. “Top class.”