VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A proposed walking and biking trail in Vigo County will learn its fate next week by the Vigo County Council.
Commissioners have proposed turning a 6-mile-long abandoned rail line known as the “Riley Spur” into a trail. But last month the Vigo County Council tabled the $1.3 million proposal over cost concerns.
At Wednesday’s meeting, the Commissioners proposed a lease acquisition for the property. The agreement would be between the county and Indiana Railroad for $250,000. Additionally, the Council would also have to pay $140,000 for tie removal.
Vigo County Council President, Aaron Loudermilk, said concerns he has heard from the community include property, hunting disruptions and safety.
“As a council, we have to weigh all of those statements that have been made in the last 3 meetings, the benefits and the risks. The risks that are available, the benefits to the community and ultimately, do those benefits outweigh those concerns?” Loudermilk said.
The council can vote down the project, approve the full funding or only approve the Commissioner’s resolution.
That vote will happen next week.
If the project were to be approved construction could start in the summer of 2023 with the trail opening that fall.