Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New path completes West Lafayette’s trail loop

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette has more than 31 miles of paved trails around the city.

A ribbon cutting was held Monday afternoon to officially open a new three-quarter mile stretch of trail that connects all the paths together. The trail runs along Northwestern Avenue from Cumberland Avenue to Yeager Road.

Officials said people can now run, walk and bike around the Celery Bog without touching a roadway.

“Given the location of the trail, right here against Northwestern Avenue, it’s greatly increasing the safety,” West Lafayette Parks Board member Jeff Love said. “Anyone who was trying to come along this way on a jog, when this wasn’t here, faced road hazards.”

Love said this is an important piece to the city’s trail system.

“It is a small piece, but it’s a mighty piece because it helps connect part of our trail system to another,” Love explained. “The mayor said it’s important for our trails to be connected — north, south, east and west. This segment does that.”

The total price tag of the trail came in just short of $1 million, 80 percent of which came from federal funds.