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Park Board eyes new trail signage

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The Prairie Duneland Trail is looking to get some brand-new signage, under a regional initiative spearheaded by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC).

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 trail.

“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 said.

“They’re really super-nice signs,” Mathias said for his part. “Top class.”





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