VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Vigo County Council approved a resolution that would put $390,000 towards the Riley Spur project in a special meeting on Tuesday.
Just weeks before, the council tabled a vote on the trail project due to environmental concerns surrounding the project.
“There was concerns from some council members about some environmental aspects,” Councilman Aaron Loudermilk said.
However, the council believed that Vigo County Commissioner answered the concerns of the council. Commissioner Chris Switzer said he hit the ground running in regards to getting the council’s questions answered.
“We got with attorneys from Indiana Railroads, CSX and our attorney on getting the specific questions answered,” Switzer said.
One request of the council is that an environment study be done in the area, and Switzer confirmed that CSX hired an engineering group to conduct the study. Switzer said he expects the study to come away positive, but if not, he mentioned that the project could become void.
“We’re going to sign the agreement,” Switzer stated. “But we have the ability to opt out if the environmental comes back negative.”
The overall cost of the project will be just north of $1 million, and the remainder of the funding will likely come from American Rescue Plan Funds. Switzer said he hopes construction of the new trail will begin early next year.