West Terre Haute walkway to be completed this summer, ahead of schedule

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VIGO Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Construction crews are nearing completion of the walkway that will connect West Terre Haute to Terre Haute.

It will be finished months ahead of schedule, thanks to a mild winter. The walkway was originally slated to be finished in October.

“It’s a midsummer open. I think the exact date’s to be determined, but what we’re excited about is it’ll let people get out,” said Michael Shaw, president of Riverscape.

Soon, the West Terre Haute community will have a new way to enjoy what they have around them.

“This is so important for the west side of the river for bicycle purposes, for fitness purposes, just to get up and walk around. Or a safe way to get to the City of Terre Haute,” said Vigo County Commissioner Chris Switzer.

The use of the walkway is about more than just keeping people safe. It’s also about creating connections from one side of the county to another.

“A lot of us work in Terre Haute. There are some people who don’t have vehicles and don’t drive. And this gives them a way to connect,” Shaw said.

According to Shaw and Switzer, it’ll give the outside world the chance to see another view of Vigo County.

“We’re hoping to get signage from the convention center pointing people in this direction to Dewey Point and to hopefully take a look outside of downtown and see what the community has to offer,” Switzer said.

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