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Breakground marks the beginning of the new Nickel Plate Trail’s construction



Indianapolis, Indiana – In Indianapolis, a small stretch of land is about to have a big influence after the ceremonial turning of the earth. The first 10.3 miles of the Nickel Plate Trail are ready for construction, according to the Department of Public Works.

The abandoned train line that formerly passed through the northeastern section of the city is being used for a long-planned project. For many years, trains on the route transported both people and goods, but in recent years, the lines have become obsolete. The railroad’s last noteworthy operation was running the “Fair Train,” which transported passengers to and from the State Fair. A few years ago, workers began to remove parts of the tracks.

The new trail will begin at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on 38th Street and pass through a number of different Lawrence Township and Washington communities. As the route becomes Binford Boulevard and then I-69 farther north, it travels approximately parallel to both Allisonville Road and Fall Creek Parkway.

The Monon Trail to the west and the Fall Creek Trail to the east currently make up the northeast side trail system, which will be expanded by the Nickel Plate.

Families will have easy access to a number of important locations, such as Sahm Park, Heritage Christian School, and Eastwood Middle School, by running, walking, or riding the Nickel Plate route. There is a trail spur that leads straight onto the golf course and park.

The Indianapolis portion of the path will meet up with the Hamilton County portion at 96th Street.

According to planners, the project will provide a boost to the communities situated along its path. In an endeavor to bring the neighborhood back to life, Binford Redevelopment and Growth has long emphasized the advantages of trails. The Nickel Plate is described by the group as a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity. At the groundbreaking event at 62nd and Allisonville, the President of BRAG was present with a number of local dignitaries.

According to the city, the trail’s development will run about $14.8 million and be completed by spring 2025.

There may be some confusion regarding the Indianapolis/Fishers/Noblesville project because northern Indiana has its own “Nickel Plate Trail,” which stretches for about 40 miles between Rochester and Kokomo.




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