Posted on: August 2, 2016

Chessie Trail Planned Development


Chessie Trail: Phase 1 in City of La Porte (INDOT DES No. 1401028)

The City of La Porte is developing plans for the proposed first phase of the Chessie bicycle-pedestrian Trail in La Porte, IN. The northern terminus is at the existing parking lot within Kiwanis-Teledyne Park, near the northwest intersection of Pine Lake Avenue and East Shore Parkway. The trail crosses Pine Lake Avenue approximately 40 feet north of the East Shore Parkway right-of-way. The trail continues east along the north side of East Shore Parkway for approximately 1,300 feet. The trail then crosses East Shore Parkway and continues south along the abandoned railroad right-of-way for approximately 0.75 miles to Truesdell Avenue, the project’s southern terminus. The project is located in the City of La Porte in LaPorte County. The total length of improvements is approximately 1.3 miles.

The primary need of the project is to provide a non-motorized system linkage from north City of La Porte to downtown, which also supports the goals of the local planning efforts. The City of La Porte identified a greater need for pedestrian and bicycle facilities connecting north La Porte to downtown, an area with severely limited and deficient pedestrian and bicycle facilities, referred to as the Chessie Trail. This project is the implementation of the first phase of the Chessie Trail from Kiwanis-Teledyne Park to Truesdell Avenue. The purpose of the project is to address these needs to provide system linkage and support the local planning efforts of the City of La Porte, while also supporting recreational and economic opportunities.

The proposed trail is a minimum 10 foot wide asphalt and concrete trail to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians. Construction of the project will require approximately 3.67 acres of new permanent right-of-way. No displacement of residents or businesses will be involved in this project. All adjacent roadways will remain open to local traffic during the construction period without the need of detours for through traffic.

Total cost of the project is estimated at $1,160,000. At present, both state and local funds will be used to fund construction of this project.

The Federal Highway Administration and the Indiana Department of Transportation have agreed that this project falls within the guidelines of a Categorical Exclusion Level 2 Environmental Document. No significant adverse impacts to the human and natural environment were found during the creation of this document. All interested parties are hereby notified of the availability of the environmental document for inspection and the preliminary design plans for viewing at the following locations:

1. Office of the Community Development & Planning
City of La Porte City Hall
801 Michigan Avenue
La Porte, IN 46350
P: 219-362-8260

2. http://www.cityoflaporte.com/129/Community-Development-Planning

In accordance with the “Americans with Disabilities Act”, if you have a disability for which INDOT needs to provide accessibility to the above documents such as interpreters or readers, please contact Ms. Beth Shrader, City of La Porte Director of Community Development and Planning, at phone number 219-362-8260, or bshrader@cityoflaporte.com.

All interested persons may request a public hearing, or express their concerns by submitting comments to the attention of Ms. Beth Shrader, City of La Porte Director of Community Development and Planning, located at the above address, on or before 5 pm CST, Wednesday, September 1, 2016. If a hearing is determined to be in the best interest of the public, additional notification will be prepared and the public notified. Otherwise, any comments or materials received will be considered in the decision-making process.

This notice is published in compliance with: 1) Code of Federal Regulations, Title 23, Section 771 (CFR 771.111(h)(1) stating, “Each State must have procedures approved by the FHWA to carry out a public involvement/public hearing program.”; 2) 23 CFR 450.210(a)(1)(ix) stating, “Provide for the periodic review of the effectiveness of the public involvement process to ensure that the process provides full and open access to all interested parties and revise the process, as appropriate.”; and 3) The INDOT Public Involvement Policies and Procedures approved by the Federal Highway Administration on August 16, 2012.

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